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Dissecting this Gender-role discussion
Okay, after a lot of mental flailing about, I'm going to try to go about this gender-role discussion in a more thought-out manner.

So Step One is going to be attempting to define where and what gender roles are.

What traits are generally considered manly? Feminine? Where do they originate from? What things that we think of that was come from the 1890's dissection of gender, which from the earlier Puritan from god to the priest to the father to the family model, which from practical concerns from pre-industrial times, which hard-wired as survival traits?

It's early, so I'm just going to leave that there with the questions for the time being.

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eseme From: eseme Date: July 16th, 2010 02:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Manly traits get stereotyped as:
Agression
Stoicism
Protectiveness
Breadwinning (breadwinner)


Female traits get stereotyped as:
Emotional
Nurturing
In need of protection
Passivity

I hope that things are changing. Those are some rather old-fashioned stereotypes, but they are still with us. I'm hoping that the future has more room in it for nurturing males, and agressive females, and people who have some of each set.
lissa_dora From: lissa_dora Date: July 17th, 2010 02:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
But aren't some of those traits hard-wired? Nurturing, for one, or aggression.

And aren't some of the others attractive? We look for partners of the opposite sex, some of us, who have those traits.
eseme From: eseme Date: July 17th, 2010 03:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
*nods*

You asked for lists an stereotypes.

And some aggression is hardwired. Testosterone does that. But different people have different levels of it, and there are less aggressive men out there. Nurturing may or may not be hardwired, in my opinion. I don't have the patience or the "must nurture this screaming child" instincts that I think I'd need to be a parent.
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