Gender roles do not mean that women cannot do what men can, or vice versa. They simply mean that there are certain roles that are traditionally associated with one gender rater than the other. The most obvious example of how this is proper is childbirth. Women can give birth and men cannot, therefore women have the traditional gender role of the childbearer. This isn't sexism, it is simply the natural result if the differences between the two genders.
Gender roles are a significant part of many ethnic and national cultures around the world. Since cultural preservation To get rid of them simply because they do not agree with rational liberal society would be an awful offence. I believe allowing gender roles is a matter of respect to other cultures and fighting against them endangers traditional beliefs.
Some gender roles should exist. It's easy to want to say gender roles should not exist, but in some areas, they are not there without merit. For example, women should not serve in mixed roles with men on the front lines of combat because women are not physically equal to men.
Throughout every single species on the planet, gender roles exist. They are there to guide species efficiently. Whether the society is Patriarchal like Lions, or Matriarchal like bee's. There is some sort of necessity to it in nature.
Maybe human society can outgrow our natural tendencies, but where there is a list of unclear roles, inefficiency and complications are sure to present themselves.
If one suggests Gender Roles should not exist. Then who might I ask, should be the one to take care of a baby? That is after all a "Gender Role".
Gender Roles should exist, however. If an individual disagrees with them, they should be able to separate themselves. They are just a guideline for the human race.
To all the people who say that masculinity is composed of "meaningless imposed standards, set by society"... These so-called meaningless imposed standards are set by nature, not by society. Masculinity reaches much further back than society. It's about, and always has been about, strength. The strongest man rises to the top. The strongest man passes his genes on with the most fertile woman. It's survival of the fittest, continuing the legacy of the strongest. In modern society, we remove ourselves from these roots, and in doing so we remove ourselves from our strength. It's disgusting the amount of people who no longer care about strength- it's what built the world, our civilizations, our race. Strength. In all its forms- physical, emotional, psychological, intellectual, social, spiritual, the list goes on. If you ignore the roles that encourage us to keep these strengths alive, you take away the one thing that has pushed us so far. Without competition, how can we become great? If you abandon or ignore that competition, not only do you not contribute to the human race, you actually detract from it.
There is a fundamental difference between male and female genders, which extend far beyond physical features, into hormonal differences, which manifest in generally different ways of behaving. This is often largely cultural, however generally speaking, these gender roles manifest themselves, with the outliers being fundamentally different in some way or another. There is no reason that gender roles shouldn't exist, as they are a natural manifestation, originating in biology. Gender roles are not without purpose and should exist.
I am against gender roles. There is no scientific evidence to support the argument that a man or a woman or better at something because they are innately a man. I am man (a very regular and straight one) and I - am absolutely hopeless at math, am good at languages and like the arts, have no idea how to start up my car when it breaks down, have no idea how to fix things up around the home, hate talking about sports and watching it, and i can multi-task all day long.
Where does that place me in society? Am I what you'd call a traditional man fulfilling my role in society?
Yes men are physically stronger then women but women also have a better ability to plan things out. Men are "do-ers". Women are planners. If you want to get into roles then the women should solve the problems and tell the men what to do. If you wish to get into military then shouldn't the women be officers at the front line since they can better evaluate a situation and solve it more effectively? It is not about capability, both are capable in different areas and if they work together the system would work more smoothly. But since it's not about capability it is about discrimination and pride, which is kind of low once you think about it. Just my thoughts...
From a social aspect, to say a man or a woman must behave a certain way is not fair. An individual's characteristics are up to that individual, be it man or woman. That being said. There are certain factors from a scientific perspective that simply exist, and are gender specific.For instance, women can give birth men can not. Is one wrong to associate giving birth with women? The question it seems then, is what constitutes gender roles?
I so disagree with those who believe there are places in any society where women cannot function. Honestly think about it. Women have been working in every aspect of human life since it was started. History proves this. Right now in our world women are already working in military jobs, as ceo's and so many more.
Sure, many may be naturally inclined to follow a gender role, but if it really was natural, why do we have to reinforce it? Why not just let nature take its course?
What if a women is skilled with computers, cars, or another "manly" thing? Why waste good talent? What if his husband is an excellent cooker and Dad, despite not being the most "manly man"?
Gender roles and sexism are bad for people. I am a male teen, and I am constantly being told to be "manlier." Society tries to "cure" me, as if I have a disorder. They tell me a bunch of stupid "this does that, period" stories. I have simply stopped listening to them, but they won't stop trying to convince me I "need" to be manlier.
Gender roles must cease to exist (for both sexes) to be a truly modern society.
I don't understand at all the obsession of classifying attribute A as manly / masculine / male and attribute B as girly / feminine / female. I can't really explain it since I don't see gender as any more than a cop out for explaining what you like and don't like by relating yourself to one half of the population; it doesn't really exist.
Boys are pushed to be men and to 'tuffin up' through this they develop 'fragile egos' in man-hood.
Girls are taught to 'tip toe' around boys egos preventing them from striving to take on more masculine roles eg. Being the 'bread winner' (earning more money than the man), being physically stronger (she squats!) and teaching the children to play sport.
Parents should know that leading by example helps shape their kids not pushing them into gender stereotypes that have kept gender equality from ever being achieved
Just because I have 2 X chromosomes does not mean that I will ever enjoy wearing dresses and makeup, gossiping, thinking about boys, worrying about how I look, or trying to conform to any of the other stupid standards that society has created for my gender. The same would apply if I were male, as well, as certain expectations of males (i.E. Being expected to play a sport, hiding emotions all the time, and always having to assume responsibility in a relationship) tick me off as well. If I had to choose, I would blend attributes from both female and male "roles" into my general lifestyle, for IT DOESN'T MATTER.