Flips In Traditional Gender Norms By Leah Barnes

A photo of the two genders, taken from Clipart

In our uprising as a culture, many traditional gender norms were created. These gender norms have made people the way they are today, but are slowly changing as the world evolves in recent society. Also, the gender norms have created a bit of chaos and confusion because people are now beginning to break them and people are questioning and confronting the breakthroughs. Throughout the next few paragraphs, we will be looking a few distinct changes in norms that can be identified.

Picture of a male doing house work- Taken from Stuff

Before I was born, men were the workers in the household and the women were suppose to clean the house and care for the kids. In today's society, it is common to see men doing household chores and taking care of the kids. The household roles are now shared within the couples. The contributer of Daily Caller, Cochen said, "This record statistic, up from 11 percent in 1960, reflects a changing societal trend toward gender equality in the workplace and at home." This shows the rules of gender roles in the household have began to fall.

A picture of Business women- Taken from Pinterest

With the roles of the household changing, men are not the only ones being the breadwinner's of the household. According to the Pew Research Center, "In 40 percent of American households with children under 18, women serve as the primary breadwinner". Cohen of Daily Caller said, "The amount of employed mothers has increased dramatically since the 1960s, and especially in recent years, as more families require two incomes to support their children in a declining economy. In 2011, six of ten married couples with children relied on dual incomes". Men used to be the only ones with jobs in the traditional household, but women are now getting more opportunities and being less dependent on their spouse.

The beautiful Serena Williams being versitile women- Taken from Linda's Blog

Traditionally, men were the only athletic and muscular ones. Women were supposed to be pretty with curves. In today's society, men are not the only ones who are athletic and muscular. Serena Williams, the tennis player is a great example of a non-traditional women. As seen, she has a muscle tone like a male, but she is very beautiful and men do not think otherwise. Serena and her body are featured in Sports Ilustrated magazine. If this were more than 30 years ago, men would call this ugly, but today's gender norms have changed. Women like her are influence young girls to be who they want to be and unleash gender norms.

The confident Jaden Smith stepping over Gender norms- Taken from SoCoPo

As we know, men used to be the strong and distinct figures in the world, now there are a variety of men. With women becoming more masculine in appearance, men are becoming more feminine. To our culture, femininity is defined by the way a girl dresses and how they act. With that being said, it is becoming socially accepted for men to dress the way they want regardless if it is not the ideal way to dress. According to NY times, society is changing because parents are teaching their children they are going to accept them regardless of who they become and to never be ashamed of who they are.

The power of Gender Norms- Taken from The Women's Fund

As society is changing, gender norms are changing as well. There was a time when gender norms weren't suppose to be questioned or stepped on, but now they are being reconsidered by the world. The system and culture of the world is becoming a place of who you are and not and imitation of what everything was before.

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