On Gender Roles

Gender roles have changed from what there were sixty or seventy years ago. Back in the 40’s and 50’s, men made the money and the women kept the household. That has changed. There are a lot of movies that have women with leading roles. Women have the same jobs as men aswell in the real world. I don’t think that gender roles are switching, just evening out.

The same goes for racial equality. Back in the early 1900’s African-American and Indian roles in movies were very negative. They were never the heroes, always the villain. Thankfully that is changing. In general we as a whole are becoming more accepting of others.

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One thought on “On Gender Roles

  1. While women are portrayed more professionally now, there are still stereotypes (e.g., like we discussed for “midriffs”). For racial stereotypes, I think African-Americans are still portrayed as funny, clownish, and ignorant, but they also are portrayed as thugs and criminals now as well. However, I think we’ve come a long way from the 1950s portrayals of everyone. I think there is more diversity of characters, from every gender and race. But, as you noted, stereotypes still exist. We need to be critical of overly simplistic characterizations of all genders, races, orientations, and physical ability.

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