The Importance Of Traditional Gender Roles

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Gender roles continue to exist in many areas of life starting from birth, being wrapped in either a pink or blue blanket. After delivery, the people who give gifts always ask the gender of the baby, even before asking how it 's doing, and then select a gift based on the answer. Gender roles were obvious back in the day, for instance, "Husbands and fathers acted as the primary breadwinners and heads of the household, while wives and mothers cared for the home and children, and children benefitted from expanded notions of the importance of childhood and a carefree youth" (Morin 437). In a child 's toddler years, they are given specific toys that encourage them to act like their gender in practice for adulthood. Even at school children learn from other children to figure out what toys, interests, and clothes are appropriate for their gender. Children that can quickly point out behavior that goes against the norm have parents who have raised them to support traditional gender roles. However, kids that don 't really care about behavior and the norm have parents that probably challenge traditional roles. We can see the differences between the traditional and non-traditional gender roles in the placement, …show more content…
Again, Mary Wollstonecraft challenges traditional gender roles in "A Vindication of the Rights of Women". She critiques the work of a guy named Dr. Gregory, who wrote a book on how he raises his daughter, and is a supporter of traditional gender roles. First of all, the man makes his daughters dress nicely because it 's "natural" for women to like dresses. Mary finds this strange and adds her comment, "It is not natural; but arises, like false ambition in men, from a love of power" (Wollstonecraft 316). Here we can see that she 's explaining how women do like to dress nicely, but only because "looking good" is where women get their power in

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