How Family Structure And Gender Roles Have Changed Essay
To begin, I must first explain that in the past, most household chores were divided between husband & wife. In 1955, functionalist; Talcott Parsons identified that in a traditional nuclear family, men & women had separate & fixed roles. He said that a man’s role was instrumental, meaning his responsibilities were to thrive in the workplace, as to be able to provide for his family (be the breadwinner). Whereas the females role was expressive, her role was to include more emotional type work, such as childrearing, looking after the household & generally providing emotional support to the whole family.
Parsons argued that these roles were in place due to biological factors. He said, much to the horror of feminists everywhere, that men were better suited to the harder, more important roles, such as earning, whilst the more nurturing roles were more apt to females.