Gender Roles And Raising Your Children Essay

1651 Words Nov 10th, 2014 7 Pages
During the 1960s in the United States the population was 179 million people, and there were only about 149,000 interracial marriages (Rubalcava, 2004, p. 127). The figure was so small because marrying somebody from a different race or culture was deemed a crime by over 12 states. In 1990, the number of interracial marriages increased to about 1.46 million (3% of population) and the overall population had also climbed to about 281 million people. (Wu, 2002). The numbers kept increasing and by about 2050, it is predicted nearly 1 out of every 5 marriages will be between spouses of different cultures (Rubalcava, 2004, p. 127). This means the chances of marrying somebody from another culture may be higher than one thinks, therefore, it is important to know the challenges that may arise. Two of the main challenges include gender roles and raising your children. Social psychologists say that couples pass through three different phases before they actually make the commitment to getting married. First is the attraction phase, second is the value comparison stage, and third is the role comparison stage (Romano, 2008, pg. 6). This following quote emphasises that communication between partners of what the gender roles should be is important.
“Gender issues become especially complicated when the couples’ cultural differences are great and when each partner has strong and contradictory beliefs about appropriate gender roles” (Frame, 2004, p. 222). Frame provides an example explaining…

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