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Until recently the words sex roles and gender roles were used interchangeably to describe female and male characteristics attitudes and inclinations Now at least in an academic environment a distinction has been drawn between these terms Sex roles can be defined as the biological differences between the sexes such as the ability to become pregnant or nurse a child Gender roles on the other hand refer to culturally-derived socially-created assumptions about what it means to be masculine or feminine The unfortunate braiding together of these two roles has been termed the Sex-Gender System Author Jean Lipman-Blumen argues that this system sets up an unevenly-sided power struggle between the sexes and that this relationship has become the blueprint for all other power relationships The inability to control or foresee the future causes a great feeling of helplessness and insecurity in both women and men We struggle to gain some measure of control over our lives and it is within these methods of maintaining the illusion of control that the Sex-Gender System comes into play The Sex-Gender System combines biological sex roles and socially-created gender roles to form a set of rules or guidelines for human behavior Over time this makes determining the differences between sex and gender roles much more difficult Gender begins to exaggerate our biological differences so that eventually it becomes difficult to realize that a characteristic attributed to female or male behavior is not biological but a culturally derived notion Inside gender roles we find accepted wisdom about self-concepts psychological traits family roles occupational and political roles and expectations of behavior Gender roles tell women to be passive nurturing and dependent while men are expected to be aggressive and independent While some of these roles may have been useful in the earliest civilizations technology has rendered them obsolete For example it may have been necessary for a mother to stay close to home and protected when she was the only source of nourishment
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