Gender Roles And Society : A Preconceived Idea Of How We Should Act Based On Our Gender

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Gender roles in society are a preconceived idea of how we should act based on our gender that we have seen for hundreds of thousands of years. Evidence of these roles can be derived from even the Old Testament of the Bible as early as Genesis. For generation upon generation people have strictly followed the preconceived notions affiliated with their gender whether their reasons be for social acceptance, religious obligation, or living life in accordance with what felt biologically suited. While the reasoning behind why people choose to follow these propositions, there is no denying their existence in our society throughout the years. Though still present, in the past few decades gender roles have moved in a different direction. Feminists are more present than ever and the fight for equality among genders has gone from a forbidden topic to a common classroom discussion. With this topic becoming continuously more prevalent to our modern day culture, the argument inevitably arises: are gender roles important? We’ve all heard the phrase “Tall, dark, and handsome” in reference to the perfect man, but if only it were that simple. Men are expected to live up to the expectation of being strong, tough, smart, athletic, and courageous, all while providing for a family, and attempting to do so with little to no emotion behind it. Simon Baron-Cohen, director of the Autism Research Centre, Cambridge University writes a book titled “the Essential Difference: Men, Women and the Extreme…

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