To what extent are a person’s day to day experience conditioned by specific cultural expectations placed on them because of gender?
Every day, we engage with different people from different cultural, social and economic backgrounds and our interactions are based on our socialisation and how we have been brought up to interact with persons different from us. It goes to say that the way we behave daily, be it at home, work, school, or even amongst peers, we are dictated by the rules, norms and values that are inculcated into us as we grow up and that’s what shapes our worldview and perception of the world and how to go about it.
For one who has grown up in a city amongst people of all racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, they will find it easier to accept a change in the way their culture dictates gender roles to be and even be adaptive to it, but somebody living in the real remote, marginalised areas of a nation, will have differing and contrasting, as well as an unacceptable and hostile attitude toward anyone trying to change the norms that shape their daily lifestyles.
Nothing has changed our perspective of what are “ordinary family forms more than the changes that have happened in the way we think about gender. Today, feminism assumes a discriminating part in fields as assorted as material science, science, law, reasoning, and artistic studies. No place has its test been more prominent than in the social sciences–anthropology, political science, history, humanism, and psychology–and their clinical applications (psychotherapy, social work, and family treatment).Our inherited originations of manliness are part and package of the modem world, and as advancement itself comes into question, so manliness needs to amendment itself in radical new terms.
Kids might be free of sex predisposition and mastery in homes where their mother and father eagerly exhibit common appreciation, have measures regarding household errands and additionally mind giving, unashamedly talk about sex issues, discover writings (stories, books, articles) that test sexual orientation inside and out, and can endure and help their youngsters in considering, feeling, or carrying on outside conventional sex parts. This won’t be simple. Social weight descends hard on youngsters, particularly young people, who don’t fit in with stereotypic sexual orientation conduct. Folks and youngsters will require strong associates, educators, advocates, and in addition adjusted media representations, if the family is to be empowered in its objective of sexually impartial kid rising.
Reply to Student’s remarks
I agree with you on quite a few fronts, as I too believe that gender roles define the kind of job men and women are involved in, and the kind of activities they engage in their day to day lives; every patriarchal society to date believes that the man is the head of the household and he is the fender and the breadwinner and his wife should take care of the home, and the children. It is also true that a woman will earn way less than a man who might not even do the job as well as she may have and with the same zeal, this is because of the prejudice and stereotypical views people in the society still hold about women and the roles that they should play. This indeed does make it very difficult for a woman to become an engineer, contractor, driver, etc and all the other spheres of work that are only associated with the male species because of the perceived strength they possess, yet there are women who have broken the glass ceiling and stepped into the public sphere even though they face criticism.
In my opinion, it is more racial and religious oriented for women to still be expected to only dominate in the domestic sphere, as you will see more white and coloured women in the public sphere then Muslim women, who are tied down because of their religious affiliations. Thus, cultural norms and values dictate what gender role will be played by which sex, because there are also existing societies where women are worshipped like goddesses and they are the breadwinners of the family. Furthermore, in today’s day and age, where poverty is so highly prevalent, until both parents don’t work, there is no food on the table, so this has pushed people to break norms, but not everywhere. It is based on societal perception and socialisation and this determines the gender roles, but they need to adapt to globalisation and assimilate new cultural changes, as everyone is interdependent these days and hence they should accept women as tough and equally strong characters, as feminists fight to show, but also acknowledge, that a woman can be tough and nurturing at the same time and hence allow them to express themselves openly.