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In society males are portrayed as dominant and women are the nurturers Men are usually the breadwinner who goes to work all day to bring the money home to the wife and children But why is it that the man is usually the provider and the woman is the housewife In this essay I will explain why gender roles are set in the fashion that they are and what influence society has on that The author of the article Nancy Atwood conducted a clinical trial of 45 women all of which had brothers The clinical trial was done to distinguish the male female roles and the bias which surrounds them Atwood recognized that gender role separation has contributed to women feeling powerless of inferior to men Gender bias exists everywhere but begins in the home The clinical trial evaluates the differences in discipline rules and basic communication in the home Girls and boys are taught their gender roles from birth Girls are often cradled when they cry whereas boys are usually left to cry teaching them to be a man Girls are often given more chores which train them for domestic life when she get married According to Atwoods trial 83 percent of those with brothers who were questioned about who had been treated better within their families-- themselves or their brothers-said that their mothers had often been nicer to their brothers and had granted more freedom and privileges to their brothers Early on boy and girl activities are separated therefore allowing them to come into their own individual roles Boys are usually outside fixing the car or throwing the ball around while the girls are in the house baking cookies with mom Girls continue to model their mothers behavior while boys shift to replicate their fathers When society sets limits for men and women it can give some people a sense of insecurity In our day and age gender identity a persons perception of
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