• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

"Men and women have different roles to play in modern society." Discuss

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

"Men and women have different roles to play in modern society." Discuss In the past, men and women generally had their own roles to fulfill. These traditional gender roles were the norm back then and, to a certain extent, are still observed today. Men were seen as the breadwinners of the family, from whom the family's main source of income was obtained. Women were in charge of the households. This meant household expenses, a child's upbringing and housekeeping were left to them. Now, however, these gender roles are increasingly being challenged. The basis of the argument against fixed gender roles is that it is a product of past ideas which cannot apply to modern life. Men and women are created equal, save some physical differences, and hence specific roles for men and women apply. To suggest that men and women having different roles to play in modern society would seem to be challenging this notion of sexual equality. This, I fear, is open to argument. True, the sexual equality revolution that has taken place has dramatically changed the workplace. ...read more.

Middle

The female workforce is becoming more and more vital to the small island-state that has people as its only resource. This increased demand will coax women into the workforce through wages and fringe benefits. At home the same gender role reversal can be seen. Live-in dads can take the place of the working mother and take the responsibility of caring for a child. Household chores are no longer seen as the sole responsibility of the wife, they are more likely to be shared between both genders. In countries like the United States, this role reversal has been taking place for quite some time now. It has even found a way into mainstream entertainment. Adam, a cartoon strip, features a live-in dad as the title character. He is the "mother" of two kids and a baby. His wife is the main breadwinner of the family. Yet, these role-reversals have not been as widespread as they should have been. Even today, men are still the primary breadwinners of most families and women generally take charge of the household. ...read more.

Conclusion

Cases of wayward teens due to both parents being more occupied with work are all too commonly heard. In this case, neither mom nor dad fulfil the "mothering" role to the child, which may lead him to find bad peers as replacements. Having no proper upbringing suggests he has little moral values and a life of crime would more likely result than in the case of a child with a more proper family unit. The same goes for single parenthood where the single parent is burdened with fulfilling both gender roles. With survival and income being a priority, mothers often take a back seat. Hence, men and women do have different roles to play in modern society-either as a working parent or a nurturer. However, the roles are not always specified by gender, i.e. the nurturer can be either male or female and vice versa. The point is that, in a family each parent has to take a different role or the family cannot function normally. Outside the family sphere, both men and women are equal and both genders can fulfill all the roles equally well. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Sociology section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Sociology essays

  1. Peer reviewed

    Outline + Discuss the View That Roles of Men and Women in the Family ...

    5 star(s)

    - Housewife (1976). She argues that while feminism has forced change in waged employment, social attitudes in the home remain the same. According to Oakley, men do very little in the home, with dishwashing being the only housework men do more than women.

  2. Conjugal roles within the modern household

    In 1980 Hunt carried out a study which found husbands of both waged and unwaged wives only helped on a spasmodic basis, which gives women a double shift. His study also found that men were more likely to take an active role if the wife had a paid job.

  1. Free essay

    The changinf role of women in society

    This source is useful in supporting the statement given in the question as it proves how important the role of women in the war was. Source J is a speech made by Herbert Asquith in 1917, so therefore it is a primary source so is likely to portray the truth of what was going on at the time.

  2. Changes in Family Roles

    The comparative method is only based on analysis done within society, real cases rather than cases speculated by me. The interviews I carried out were very similar in terms of the questions asked, reason being, I was comparing the responses and therefore I needed to ask the same questions in

  1. "Absolutism can never be acceptable in a modern society" Discuss.

    In absolutism forgiveness and compassion undermines the law; there is no room for these qualities. However in looking at this example we can also see that Jesus did not come to squash the laws i.e.

  2. To what extent does the data on employment patterns and earnings suggest that, whatever ...

    as well as at different points in the family life cycle, sexually segregated systems of labour division have everywhere assigned men and women's work activities in a more or less unyielding way. In summary, it is possible to see now how the structured gender roles of men and women have developed whether justly or not so.

  1. Should we celebrate or ignore the differences between men and women in the workplace?

    Beaton states that through the war, "Women's work is less significant and therefore worthy of lower remuneration. And in giving men higher wages it also ensures that they remain the prime breadwinners and that women's incomes are seen as supplementary" (The importance of women's paid labour, online)

  2. The trials and tribulations of being a teenager.

    It seems to be a pattern which can be seen through growth, year elevens such as myself often find ourselves patronising the years below us before remembering that we hated those that did it upon us, perhaps being older gives us an instant feeling of superiority during the teenage years.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work