Essay on Gender Roles Are A Set Of Societal Norms

972 Words Mar 19th, 2016 4 Pages
Gender roles are a set of societal norms that dictate what types of behaviors are typically considered acceptable, appropriate, or desirable for a person based on their sex. Society expects men and women to adapt and fulfill specific gender roles and stereotypes that have been established. They play an important role in shaping the way we think about others in society by determining how people of each gender should behave. When comparing established gender roles with those of the 21st century, it is clear that they have been both helpful and harmful in society. While traditional gender roles have remained fairly constant over time, they have also been addressed and challenged.
In order to be out on the streets, women were expected to be covered up. Traditionally, they wore floor-length gowns that showed little to no skin. Flappers, known as the “new breed”, were a group of women who rebelled against established norms and exposed their bodies. Flappers engaged in the active city nightlife occupying jazz clubs and speakeasies. They cut their hair, drank, smoked, danced, and dared to show off their knees. People were surprised by this and began to slut-shame for dressing provocatively and acting unladylike. Despite the fact that they became a controversial topic, they helped redefine the role of women in society (Anthony).
Another huge factor on women in society was Rosie the Riveter, an American icon, that represented working women. These women gave up their domestic jobs…

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