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SS Josh Goldfarb Dailey 4/7/02 Persuasive Essay Gender Roles The affects of gender roles on people greatly change the way the society runs. According to the Webster's dictionary the definition of gender are the behavioral, cultural, or psychological traits typically associated with one sex, and the definition of role is a character assigned or assumed. The key word in this definition is assumed; therefore, whether you are male or female, you know what role you must play in society. Traditional gender roles are beneficial to society. They benefit society in many ways including keeping stability, order and generally making life easier. Women have to work two jobs: outside the home and within the home, taking care of the children. Children that are not raised by their parents do not end up as well as kids that are. These are some of the many reasons why we should have traditional gender roles. Gender roles provide stability and order in society. ...read more.


However after work they must go home and take care of the kids. A new national survey found that after a generation of sharing the work place, most men and woman believe that the strains of this relatively new work place have made having relationships, marriages, raising children and in general making life more difficult (Morin, Richard, and Megan Rosenfeld. Washington Post. 22 Mar. 1998. 07 Apr. 2002 <http://www.washingtonpost.com/wpsrv/national/longterm/gender/gender1.htm>.). In another survey, a majority of working men and women said they feel guilty about leaving their family for others to take care of them. They also wished that they could devote more time to their families and themselves (The Family: At Home is a Heartless World. Vol. 1. N.p.: Harper Collins, 1995.). Surveys say that some people have resentment, nostalgia and fatigue due to their workload. In most countries woman work longer hours than men, and they also work most of the unpaid work. ...read more.


Vol. 1. N.p.: Harper Collins, 1995.). In the same survey, it states that men are more aggressive; because in history men have been the hunters and women have been nurturers. One other example, by many sociologists is that men develop millions of sperm during their life while women only produce about four hundred eggs during theirs. Therefore, men are forced to be predatory whereas woman can step back and select a quality partner (Gender Studies University of Gdansk. 02 Feb. 1991. University of Gdansk. 07 Apr. 2002 <http://paula.univ.gda.pl/~ifis/sub/art2/html>.). Women have a better nurturing ability than men. In conclusion, traditional gender roles are beneficial to society. It keeps stability and order in society, and in non- traditional gender role societies woman are over worked by the stress of their job combined with household work. Lastly woman are better nurturers than men therefore they should stay home with the children. Traditional gender roles are beneficial to society. ...read more.

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