Family Gender Roles

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The family plays a major role in every society and culture. It has a huge impact on every individual and in turn every society/culture. This is because every person learns through socialization. Socialization is “the process by which we learn the ways of a given society or social group so that we can function within it. It is how individuals learn to take on the attitudes and behaviors considered culturally appropriate for them” (Cherlin, 2008, p.88). The primary socialization agent is the family. Then comes the media and one’s peer group. The family contributes to one’s personal and public well-being. Humans learn and develop as individuals through what they have been taught and learned. According to the sociological perspectives, families …show more content…
These are sets of behaviors that are considered appropriate or acceptable for a man and a woman, exclusively. The social and cultural characteristics distinguish women from men. An example of a traditional gender role would be boys playing with trucks/cars and girls playing with kitchen sets or dolls. There are certain things that society deems is appropriate for women and men exclusively. When I look at my family, we would be considered the traditional type and my family is subject to some types of traditional gender roles. I believe that it also has to do with how and where you were raised. In the Indian culture, women are expected to be more submissive while the men are more authoritative. The men have more of a voice, while the women are expected to be the caregivers and are more quiet. In my family, my parents are subject to these traditional roles. Being brought up in a Christian household, there are certain morals and standards that are instilled in our parents. Both of my parents discuss important matters and both their opinions are taken into consideration. However, naturally, my dad tends to have the final say. For example, my older sister and I wanted to go to a Tori Kelly concert and my sister had told my mom. However, when we were leaving, she was unaware of the fact that I had asked my dad for permission. …show more content…
Every culture and family has their own tradition and functions in society in different manners. There are many sociological concepts that analyze and study different types of families, since there is no ‘typical’ family. Although from the outside my family appears to be traditional, there are times when the roles and theories do not apply to us.When I look at my family both my parents have separate roles, although they are not always subject to them. Depending on the situation and the times, the roles are reversed. The same goes with my sisters and me. With time, roles are changed and shared within a family. There is no longer a set family model. The new norm is

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