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Women produce children, women are mothers, women are wives, they do the cooking, the cleaning, the sewing and the washing - And of course they take care of men and are subordinate to male authority - True?

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Women produce children, women are mothers, women are wives, they do the cooking, the cleaning, the sewing and the washing. And of course they take care of men and are subordinate to male authority. True? Men are known to be more aggressive, and independent, than woman. They are braver, more outgoing, and extroverted, confident in their own ability to control and manipulate the external environment. Most societies have traditionally regarded men as doers, warriors, hunters scientists artists writers captains of industry and politics. These generalizations apply to pretty much every known human society. Some sociologists and anthropologists believe that there is not and never has been a society in which women do not have an inferior status to that of men. If you were to ask others what they consider to be the most fundamental behavioral difference between males and females, most would likely say aggression - specifically, that males are more aggressive than females, because males secrete higher levels of the hormone testosterone. It assumes that men everywhere and at all times have been women's superiors and that work men do is more important or more highly valued than women's work. ...read more.

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In western societies today, sex is an organizing principle of social structure, it plays a great part in determining social roles. Women were seen to reproduce and care for children. The basic family consists of a mother and child. Parsons characterized the women's role in the family as "expressive", meaning that she provides warmth, security and emotional support for her husband and children. Parsons also argued that for the family to operate efficiently as a social system, there must be a clear cut sexual division of labor. Like a button and a buttonhole, they lock together to promote family solidarity. From this it follows that attempts to abolish gender roles and replace them with unisex roles may be in fact going against the will of nature. Women today rather than being passive and dependant, are instead likely to be active food providers as well as inventors and crafters of new material technology. How did we get here from there? Including population growth, increased environmental danger from ecological changes or warfare, the establishment of trade or exchange relations between societies, a change from a nomadic to a sedentary lifestyle, and technological advances allowing for the accumulation of a surplus of food and other goods. ...read more.

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A modern housewife either faces life of loneliness and lack of reward, or goes to work and so has to face the demands of 2 jobs. 1) Why can a man lift a tone of bricks, but he cant lift up a mop? 2) Why is it that when it comes to education girls are smarter, yet men get the better paid jobs overall? 3) Society has been carrying this stereotype for thousands of years, what makes you think we can change it. Yes women have come far, but how long has it taken us? 4) Would World War have taken place if women ruled the world? Referencing. Archer, John and Lloyd, Barabara. Sex and Gender. New York: Penguin Books. 1988 Bohnen, Agnes. Women in society. New York: Times edition 1993. Oakley, Anne. Sex, gender and society. Great Britain: Maurice Temple 1972 Renzetti, Claire. Women, Men and Society. USA: Pearson Education 2003 Saunders, Kay. and Evans, Raymond. Gender Relations in Australia. Australia: Harcourt Brace & Company. 1992 Tracy, david. Remaking men. New York: Routledge 1997. Van Krieken, R., Smith, P, Habibis, D., McDonald, K., Haralambos, M. & Holborn, M. (2000). Sociology: themes and perspectives 2nd edition. Sydney. Longman. ...read more.

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