Sociology Index


Gender roles are social roles ascribed to individuals on the basis of their sex. The term gender in gender roles differs from sex because it refers to the cultural definition of the gender roles and gender behavior appropriate to members of each sex rather than to those aspects of human behavior that are determined by biology. Thus giving birth is a female sex role, while the role of infant nurturer and care giver is a gender role and is usually ascribed status to females. The Cult of Domesticity is about gender roles in 19th-century America. Glass Ceiling Hypothesis refers to barriers that are not explicit, but are inherent in Gender inequality.

Gender Roles And Gender stereotypes

Gender stereotypes are generalizations about the roles of each gender. Gender roles are generally neither positive nor negative. Gender roles are inaccurate generalizations of the male and female attributes. Since each person has individual desires and feelings, these stereotypes are too simplistic and do not describe the attributes of every person of each gender. People do realize that stereotypes are untrue, but many make assumptions based on gender. Many stereotypes we are all guilty of, assuming that all women want to marry and have children, or that all men love sports. Common list of gender stereotypes are stereotypes because they claim to apply to all men or women.

Female Gender Stereotpyes

Female gender stereotypes begin the moment a baby's gender is made out. As soon as we find out it's a female, we immediately begin decorating a pink nursery. We fill her closet with frilly dresses and her toy box dolls. We begin teaching her how to be the stereotypical woman. We are teaching her that girls are supposed to serve food, and take care of babies. Another crazy stereotype most debated by feminists is that women stay at home while men go to work. Some other stereotypes are that women are supposed to have jobs, such as secretaries, teachers, and librarians, Women are nurses, not doctors, and women are generally weak.

Male Gender Stereotypes

Male gender stereotyping also begin the moment a baby's gender is made out. The boys' his closet is filled with tiny jeans and boots, and the theme is usually something rugged. Boy's toys consist of trucks and action figures. From the beginning boys are taught to be tough, and to defend themselves. Most parents do not teach their sons how to do chores such as washing dishes. They teach them how to mow the lawn. Men are supposed to do the dirty jobs and anything that requires strength. Little boys see this and the stereotype continues into their aduldhood. Male stereotype also include thatmMen enjoy outdoor activities such as camping, fishing, and generally are good at math. 

Dress and the Female Gender Role in Magazine Advertisements of 1950-1994: A Content Analysis - Jennifer L. Paff, Iowa State University-Ames Hilda Buckley Lakner, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. To examine changesfrom in gender orientation of roles and dress of women in advertisements and ways in which women's dress has been used in advertisements in the social construction of gender. Roles remained consistently feminine. Good Housekeeping and Vogue have not depicted women realistically. Gendered roles of activity did not vary with traditional gender stereotype of appearance in advertisements across time. A possible reflection of social change related to the postmodern era.

Linkages between Attitudes toward Gender Roles, Body Satisfaction, Self-Esteem, and Appearance Management Behaviors in Women - Sharron J. Lennon, Nancy A. Rudd, Ohio State Univ. To examine possible linkages between attitudes toward gender roles, body satisfaction, self-esteem, and appearance management behaviors. Undergraduate women indicated that women holding nontraditional attitudes toward gender roles had higher self-esteem than women holding traditional attitudes toward gender roles. Body satisfaction and a nontraditional attitude toward gender roles predicted high levels of self-esteem.

FEMALE EMPLOYMENT AND THE CHANGE OF GENDER ROLES: THE CONFLICTUAL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PARTICIPATION AND ATTITUDES IN INTERNATIONAL COMPARISON. Max Haller, Franz Hoellinger. Gender role attitudes from a comparative perspective using data from eight countries. Women's labour force participation is a necessary concomitant of industrialisation followed by a corresponding adaptation of gender role attitudes toward individualistic-egalitarian values. Gender role attitudes are both related to historically persistent, general societal values regarding family and social stratification. Empirical evidence results did not confirm that the higher the employment rate of women the more the population will have egalitarian gender role attitudes.

Gender Roles and/or Styles in Crisis: An Integrative Analysis of the Experiences of Fathers of Children with Cancer - Mark A. Chesler, University of Michigan, Carla Parry, National Institute on Aging, University of Michigan. This integrative analysis views fathers’ experiences through the lens of gender. Fathers’ experiences can be understood as influenced by gender roles and the gendered organization of support systems.

The Relationship between Background Variables and Sex-Typing of Gender Roles and Children’s Chores: The Israeli Case - Liat Kulik, Bar Ilan University. The relationship between sex-typing of adult gender roles and children’s chores in Israeli society. Among both genders, a correlation was found between sex-typing of adult gender roles and domestic children’s chores.

Narratives of Embu Rural Women: Gender Roles and Indigenous Knowledges 
Njoki Wane, Sociology and Equity Studies, OISE University of Toronto. Unacknowledged participation of African women in sustaining their communities through their accumulated indigenous peoples knowledges. Gender roles in relation to food processing practices and women's knowledges. The centrality of rural women's gender roles in sustaining their communities.

Achieving Sustainable Agriculture through Recognizing Gender Roles: Some Salient Points 
Punya P. Regmi, Karl E. Weber. Research on gender roles in rural communities with agriculture as the economic mainstay is needed.

The Effects of Attitudes Toward Family Life and Gender Roles on Marital Satisfaction 
DIANE N. LYE, University of Washington, TIMOTHY J. BIBLARZ, University of Southern California. That men and women who espouse nontraditional attitudes are likely to be less satisfied than their more traditional counterparts. The effects of attitudes did not vary according to the actual gender roles observed by the couple.

The Consequences of Divorce for Attitudes Toward Divorce and Gender Roles 
PAUL R. AMATO, ALAN BOOTH. Attitudes toward divorce and gender roles. Individuals divorced prior to 1980 were relatively liberal in their gender role beliefs.

Add Men, Don’t Stir - Reproducing Traditional Gender Roles in Modern Wedding Showers. Beth Montemurro, Pennsylvania State University. Traditionally, the bridal shower was a gendered ritual for women. The traditional bridal shower is transformed and masculinized, an event men can participate in without stigma to their manliness.

College Women and Sororities - The Social Construction and Reaffirmation of Gender Roles - Barbara J. Risman 
Gender socialization occurs in preadolescence. Socialization processes and the consequent roles be inappropriate to facilitate women's adaptation to a changing social environment.

Leader Emergence And Gender Roles in All-Female Groups - A Contextual Examination. Amy B. Gershenoff, Roseanne J. Foti, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Tests the effect of gender role and intelligence on leadership emergence.

The Psychodynamics of Female/Male Role Differentiation within Small Groups. Gary Gemmill, Lynn Zoch Schaible, Syracuse University. Gender role differentiation within small groups in terms of the psychodynamic concepts.

The Bourgeois Family in Nineteenth-Century Spain: Private Lives, Gender Roles, and a New Socioeconomic Model 
Gracia Gomez Urdanezez, University of Zaragoza, Spain. An analysis of aspects such as the concept of family transmitted by liberalism and the different roles attributed to men and women in the family, society and economy.

Culture, Gender Roles, and Sport 
The Case of Korean Players on the LPGA Tour.
Eui Hang Shin, Edward Adam Nam. Korean psyche, culture, and family help explain why female Korean golfers on the LPGA are thriving.

Socialization to gender roles and marriage among Egyptian adolescents
Mensch, Barbara S., Barbara L. Ibrahim, Susan M. Lee, and Omaima El-Gibaly. Multivariate analyses indicate that girls' and boys' attitudes do not vary by socioeconomic background and increased schooling does not promote egalitarian attitudes.

THE RISE OF POSTMATERIALIST VALUES AND CHANGING RELIGIOUS ORIENTATIONS, GENDER ROLES AND SEXUAL NORMS - Ronald Inglehart and David Appel. Abstract: Investigates the relationship between Materialist and Postmaterialist values in industrial societies.

Gender roles, marital intimacy, and nomination of spouse as primary caregiver. SM Allen, F Goldscheider and DA Ciambrone. Two potential hypotheses for the unequal representation of husbands and wives as spousal caregivers. Multivariate analyses support both hypotheses.

Gender Roles and Labor Use Strategies: Women's Part-Time Work in the European Union. Tijdens K. G. Abstract: The nature of female part-time employment in the European Union? The secondary labor market model which ranks fourth in predicting whether a woman will work part-time or full-time.

Gender Roles, Relationship Satisfaction, and Self-Reported Health: A Window into the Personal Lives of Mexicans in the United States and Mexico. Jennifer J. Tovar, Ronald Angel, Maren Andrea Jimenez, University of Texas at Austin - Jorge Caraveo Anduaga.

Differential Fecundity, Markets and Gender Roles - Aloysius Siow. Abstract: Investigates how differential fecundity interacts with marriage, labor and financial markets to affect gender roles.