Gender Roles : Women And Women Essay

1301 Words Dec 1st, 2015 6 Pages
Gender roles play a huge role in how men and women are seen and how they interact. Men are seen as tough while women are seen as weaker individuals. Media, and its portrayal of gender roles, feeds into how society sees gender. Media is not the only why gender roles continue to persist. The society men and women live in also hurts them. The patriarchal society dictates how gender roles are seen and how it affects men and women in their everyday lives. Sex and gender are two different things entirely yet the two terms were used interchangeably until the 1970s. Gender roles are rooted in the patriarchal society people live in. When looking at the gender versus sex terms through a biological view, it is not seen as that big of a deal. The difference between men and women depends on genetic information after all. In "Why Do We Make So Much of Gender?", author Allan G. Johnson argues that no matter how simple sex differences are, "they are crucial and central to human life because of their role in human reproduction" (546). While that does make some sense, it does not add up to why people place such an emphasis on the social constructions of gender. Sexual reproduction needs to happen for life to continue, but sex does not equal gender. The patriarchy exists because each sex alienates itself into gender roles (Johnson 548). When humans step into society 's gender roles, they are keeping the patriarchy alive. Some men, specifically those of a white middle class background,…

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