Gender Roles In The Family

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Introduction Women have come a long way in society in America. Besides the changes that women have undergone in society, marriages have also encountered changes in their function, character, and stability. However, there still exists inequalities within the gender roles in heterosexual marriages today. Some research describes women’s role within the family as one who has a natural orientation towards care giving and domestic labor (Wilcox, 2006). Evidently, many women are in unhappy marriages due to the inequality in the domestic labor between husband and wife. The inequality in domestic labor may lead to tension and crises in the relationship or contrarily, it may serve to tighten their bonds and strengthen the relationship (Pnina, 2009). …show more content…
For instance, in some cultures, women belong solely in the home cooking and cleaning, and catering to her family. In other cultures it is accepted for a woman to work and have an education as equal to a man’s. However, other factors determine the roles of women in the families such as the educational level, age, marriage, and other variables that determine social class (Erden-Imamoglu, 2013). Erden-Imamoglu mentions that, “Across cultures, it was found that there were differences between women and men’s interpersonal relationships because priorities and orientations” (2013). In the family, women are responsible for raising the children and maintaining her marriage. Women not only give birth to but also increasingly raise children outside the context of marriage much more so than men do (Oesterle, Hawkins, Hill, & Bailey, 2010). Within a marriage, the wife and husband supposedly share the housework. However in a study, it demonstrated that wives completed an average of 32 hours of housework per week compared to ten hours per week by husbands (Nesteruk, 2010). Females, essentially, play the role of caretaker within the broader society. Women assume the job of housekeeping, caretaking, and other responsibilities within the …show more content…
Since women take on the role of caretaking and household labor, they are more likely than men to have demanding behavior. When women want change within the relationship, she engages in discussion (Rehman &Holtzworth-Munroe, 2006). Women in traditional marriages tend to be discontent with the marriage because they rather avoid conflict and “appear” happy, then negotiate gender roles with her husband. When traditional women are married to traditional husbands, the wives are more likely to engage in husband-demand-wife-withdraw. Women in traditional marriages tend to lack communication within the marriage because she is doing what the husband is demanding and absorbs all of the demands and becomes unhappy (Rehman &Holtzworth-Munroe,

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