Gender Roles As A State Of Being Typical Essay

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There are approximately 107 billiion people who have ever lived in this world. Today there are 7.3 billion people who live on the earth now and another 360,000 are brought into the earth each day. 50% are male and 50% female and all 100% have at some point been subjected to gender roles. To understand gender roles one must first understand and evaluate the time period and places being discussed. Different cultures, time periods, and the 107 billion people that have ever lived have shaped and molded “gender roles” to their liking but, the whole discussion can be boiled down to one thing and that’s the idea of normal.
Normality is defined as a state of being typical, used or expected. In essence this is what gender roles are. The are expected principles, ideas, activities, and behaviors that are appropriate, normal, and desirable for a person depending on their sex. Gender and sex are two different things but that discussion can be left to another time. For now we need to know that commonly most cultures assign or expect certain actions and behaviors depending on if you have or do not have a Y chromosome.
The definition of normal changes throughout time and across cultures as previously mentioned. two pieces that demonstrate this concept perfectly are the Malleus Malificarum by Heinrich Kramer and an excerpt from “Lillies of the Queen’s Garden” by John Ruskin. These two pieces written nearly four centuries apart both touch on the expectations of women for their time…

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