Gender Roles In Society Essay

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When you mention gender roles in society the first thing that comes to mind usually are stereotypes, or the set labels that society has established on how everyone acts based on the different biological, social, and cultural categories they fit into. Throughout history these stereotypes that pertain to genders roles in society have been proven true. Gender roles refer to a behavioral and social norms that are widely accepted for people of a certain sex. In this report I will discussing the gender roles of the two most recognized types of gender, man and woman, from the perspective of a man and a woman who have lived 65+ years. I will also discuss how those roles have influenced society and how they have changed gradually over the years. Men…show more content…
She grew up with her mom, dad, and thirteen siblings on a farm and enjoyed it very much. Laura and her sisters helped her mother with tend to the house. Her mother worked from home doing chores for other people and the interviewee continued on saying “That’s all married women could do.” Laura stated how there weren’t a lot of jobs for women to begin with. Most of the jobs available for women went to those who were widows or single so it was normal for married women to work from home. The women working from home not only did laundry and iron for other families for income but they also were babysitting the children of people working outside of their home. Her father never did any of the household chores, and was never asked to help with them either. He did all of the work that needed to be done outside such as farming, cleaning the barn, cutting grass, etc.. Her brothers also helped the father complete these tasks. The work they did included milking the cows and goats, cleaning out the barn, tending to the chickens by cleaning their chicken coops and gathering eggs. They then walked to the nearest store to sell their items. “Each of us had our own set of chores we had to do daily or we didn’t eat supper,” the Laura explained. “We had to dust, sweep, cook, do laundry, make beds, wash the dishes, anything to keep the house…show more content…
Mr. Anderson grew up on a farm near a plantation. He had twelve siblings but sadly one died at birth. While growing up he stayed with him mom, dad, seven siblings and one niece. During his childhood he played with friends, worked, and went school daily. He loved his childhood and refers to them as the “good ole days.” (Clucky) His fondest memory were of him playing baseball with his brothers and sisters. Mr. Anderson’s first unofficial job was to play with the child of a plantation owner that stayed close to them earning him $3.80 per hour. When he came of age he began work at Marty’s, changed to Reynolds Whittington soon after, and continued to work there, where he met his wife. They were then married in 1985 10 years later he would begin working at Fruit of the Loom after welcoming his two children, born in 1991 and 1992. Mr. Anderson claims that the woman’s role has changed tremendously over his lifetime. “They’re more independent now. Starting their own jobs and making their own money,” says Clucky, “it’s really admirable to see how far they’ve come.” “Back in the day when they were told to take care of the kids, the husband, and their house.” His views on how men’s role changed were completely the opposite. Clucky Anderson stated “Men have became lazy, they’re not looking for a wife anymore… they’re looking for a mother to take care of all their needs and work too.” He then went
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