The Perception of Gender
How gender is perceived has taken on different meanings and forms throughout time, differing from generation to generation. The terms â€œgenderâ€ and â€œsexâ€ are to this day thought of as a reflection of one another, but in order to analyze human behavior it is important to distinguish between the two (Diamond, 2004). Males are expected to be masculine and females are expected to be feminine. The way that gender is perceived from generation to generation has changed. For instance, gender nowadays is perceived differently than it was perceived during the 1950s to the 1970s.
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This is mainly due to the increase of females joining the workforce. In 1970 there were approximately 50 percent of women working outside of the home and by 1995 that percentage went from 50 percent to 76 percent (Gender 101, n.d.). Due to the increased amount of women in the workplace former attitudes and behaviors had to be changed. Women currently work the same type positions as men do when at the time Robin was growing up it would be just about unheard of for a woman to be, for example, a construction worker or miner. But today it is not that uncommon to see women working in what would be considered to be masculine type jobs, such as construction.
Robin was then asked how gender was conceived of when she was a teenager compared to how the youths of today perceive gender roles. To which she replied that growing up she was encouraged to clean, cook, and care for her younger siblings in order to prepare her to meet a man and become a wife and mother; even stating that her only thought about her future was to have a handsome husband who could take care of her financially while she stayed at home with the kids and took care of the home. Males were encouraged to join sports and to work on cars. Nowadays teenage girls are more sexual in how they dress and are not as concerned with being a wife.
With the feminist movements throughout the generations, women of today have equal rights to those of males. Therefore teenagers of today are no longer dreaming of being a housewife. Teenagers today are thinking more...