Essay on Gender Roles in the Play Trifles

3022 Words Aug 2nd, 2011 13 Pages
Gender roles have caused strain over decades to not only females, but recently males as well. There are many attributes that humans have associated with each gender, causing a divide between sexes not only with each other, but also separating the two into almost completely different species. Due to this categorizing which is placed on gender, there can be a declining value of a person or even a higher hand given to the one gender which is seen as more powerful to society. The stereotypical labeling of genders can determine one person’s outlook on life. The judgment can make one feel like there is a set rubric to follow in order to remain in the lines regarding which gender they belong to. Such influences from peers or partners can alter …show more content…
7). It is interesting to point out that although both parents have influences on their children, men are more likely to push the gender role farther to make sure their child meets that association with their sexual characteristics (Witt, par. 7). Studies also have shown that partners that appear to be androgynous in a relationship have a lasting effect on the child and succeed as parents to be more supportive of the child and encourage them highly to be unique (Witt, par. 14).
In relation to androgynous relationships and appearances determining household roles the article “Gender, Gender Roles, and Physical Appearance” written by Linda Jackson, Linda Sullivan, and Janet Hymes, dissects the ideas and determines how we decide what gender pertains to certain household duties and also how physical appearance dictates a persons’ personality. Physical appearance and gender associations are what determine how we label someone as masculine or feminine (51). Similar to how parents view their children’s’ roles, society views people based on appearance and that too can have an effect on someone’s personality traits (51). Within different gender roles and sex groups there have been studies that prove who finds physical attractiveness more important. It is obvious that in traditional beliefs of men being masculine and women being feminine, women are more concerned with their appearance than men (52). In androgynous roles where men and women are equally feminine

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