Gender Roles And Gender Stereotypes

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It is rumored that gender roles and gender stereotypes are historically driven constructs. People argue that gender has been well established so much so that it is almost innate. However, others argue that gender and gender roles are social constructs that are developed and driven by socialization. Many people believe that the four agents of socialization, family; peers; schools; media, support and pass gender roles and stereotypes on. Several researchers have been fascinated the construction of gender roles and stereotypes. Megan Fulcher, Erin Sutfin, and Charlotte Patterson (2008) conducted a study and wrote a research article looking into gender development as a result of parental sexual orientation, attitudes, and divisions of labor within…show more content…
The authors indicate that though many children of same sex couples and hetero couples have very typical gender identities, same sex couples can have an interesting effect of the child’s perceptions of gender roles because of divisions of unpaid and paid labor within homosexual couple’s dynamics (Fulcher, Sutfin, & Patterson, 2008). For example, typically men do more yard work, and historically women have done more housework such as laundry, dishes, and cooking, but within a homosexual couple’s dynamic the men and women have different roles than the preconceived roles historically established. So, in a lesbian partnership at least one of the women will be the provider and assume more masculine roles, which can provide new insight for a child than the typical gender…show more content…
Similarly with the division of labor, attitudes can be shaped by what we are subjected to. Therefore, with homosexual couples, children are subjected to a variance in standard, typical parents, which can shape their attitude on gender and gender roles. Fulcher, Sutfin, and Patterson (2008), talks about the gender of the parent playing a role in the child’s attitudes on gender, and that this alters depending on the orientation of the parents. For example, according to the authors, “In heterosexual-parented families, fathers usually hold more conservative attitudes about gender roles and gender-related activities than do mothers, and Fathers’ attitudes also appear to be more closely associated with children’s own gender-related attitudes than are those of mothers” (Fulcher, Sutfin, & Patterson, 2008, p. 331). On the opposing end of this in homosexual couples the division of labor is shared between members of the same gender, ergo, children of same sex couples tend to have more flexibility in their attitudes on gender
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