In the novel Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe the main character Okonkwo is very brutal on his three wives, and he is angered when Christian missionaries threaten tribal traditions. In part one of the novel it is explained how men in Igbo society often beat their wives, and treat them with disrespect. The tribe also has strong traditions and customs which are weakened when Christian missionaries invade their territory. In part three Okonkwo has had enough of the missionaries, and ends up taking his own life to end his suffering. The novel shows the reader a series of gender differences, and the importance of tradition along with showing the consequences of sin.
In the novel there are many examples of gender differences, and gender roles, and the affect they have on each sex. Throughout Chinese history the practice of foot binding showed the separation between men and women.
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2015/jun/15/unbound-chinas-last-lotus-feet-in-pictures Women deliberately bound their feet in order to conform to men's view of beauty.
http://www.ironwulf.net/2009/10/12/malaysia-malacca-streets-of-jalan-tokong-to-jonker/ Women with smaller feet were seen as more beautiful.
http://people.howstuffworks.com/culture-traditions/cultural-traditions/foot-binding.htm For men foot binding was not only seen as beauty, but as power for the man. If one had many wives it showed how wealthy they were because they were able to feed all of their wives.
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2015/jun/15/unbound-chinas-last-lotus-feet-in-pictures The women's feet also gave the man power because she was unable to walk far distances or work in the fields. Therefore the man was the sole provider for the family.