Gender and its role in society
For the Feb. 6th readings on Gender. One of the main points of the Laslett article was the fact that men and women are divided into basically two completely different spheres when it comes to their identity. Laslett states that men were seen as "aggressive, competitive, sexual". Even today men are supposed to me tough and very competitive. On the otherhand women are supposed to be the more emotional and stable of the two. If one were to see a women playing football they many would think that there is some sort of problem with her. The same goes for men, if a man were seen crying because they were hurt meny people would call him a girl since many think that only women cry.
In my opinion I think the way that we are brought up effects how we act in the future. If our parents are the type that believe that males do not cry and females are the ones who watch after the children and do the housework I believe that when the children will grow up believing the same thing and will most likely pass on their beliefs to their children.
1. Do you think that there is any way the society can change the way that we think of males and females as far as their resposibilities are?
2. Do you think society would be different if the gender roles were reversed? (If men were the ones that were supposed to watch teh children and be emotional and women were the tough ones)