The Roles Of Women During Today 's Society Essay

890 Words Nov 22nd, 2014 4 Pages
Contrary to James Brown’s song, “This Is A Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World;” it’s our world. He states that it would be nothing without a woman or a girl, and he’s right. Not too long ago, gender roles were a guideline of societal expectations placed on nuclear families. Women would care for the children and keep up the house, while men were considered the “breadwinners” who took care of their family financially. In this essay, I will explore the comparisons and contrasts between the roles placed on cisgendered women in today’s society versus the societal expectations placed in the 1950s before the rise of feminism. The roles of women in today’s society have changed dramatically since the 1950s. In the 1950s, expectations of women may have included cleaning up after the family, serving their husband, taking care of their children, ensuring breakfast, lunch, and dinner is served, miscellaneous chores such as food shopping or laundry, etc. Women held a generally submissive role in a family unit, and it was not uncommon for the males in the family to become aggressive physically or emotionally if expectations were not met or up to par. Women commonly accepted the abuse as part of their submissive role in their family and in society. Women were expected to behave a certain way publicly, as well as dress a certain way to avoid the passing of judgement on her family as it was a direct reflection of her husband, as well as to retain her identity as “lady-like” or “the perfect…

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