Essay on The Use of Gender Roles to Obtain Power

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The Use of Gender Roles to Obtain Power

People use gender roles to obtain power. In my life experience this is always been true. I look at it in my everyday life at the workplace. I happen to work with people who have gotten where they are based purely on their sex alone. I am not talking about sex in terms of intercourse, rather than gender. However this does work both ways. It also works for different types of power. To say that people use gender roles to obtain power is a very broad statement. One must define two things. First "people" must be defined. This is a rather simple definition. People, for the purpose of this paper, are nothing more than men and women. Now these people use who they are, men or women, to achieve
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It was the wife's duty, as a woman, to worry about the home and the children. She typically did not work outside of the home. Her main duty was to take care of the husband. The husband was the family provider. He was the one who supported the family financially. I have read a few stories now, and I can see that this is a type of power that is played out by the male characters in those stories. In Rifaat's "Another Evening at the Club," this was one of the main themes. It was a husband's job to worry about where they shall live, and how they should live. The woman is merely another piece of property. The culture that this story takes place in, it is commonplace that a dowry is required by the bride's family from the groom. He is, in a way, buying his piece of property. "He earns a big salary and gets a fully furnished government house wherever he's posted, which will save us the expense of setting up a house -- and I don't have to tell you what our situation is - …" (Rifaat, page 54). This shows the bride's family class and the eagerness of the family to marry their daughter off to someone who is in a higher class. Other ways men use their sex to gain Domestic power is to treat the woman as if she were a child. This oppression, if you will, is probably the worst way to obtain the power of the family. "Fine, go and tell her I want to speak to her. There's no point in your saying anything but I think it would be as well if you were present when I

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