At every step in human history, there comes a time when we have to reassert our beliefs and test the very foundation on which the pillars of a society are raised. In fact, the role of the sexes, which determine the course of a civilization form an integral part of society. Gender roles in society have undergone a sea of change and continue to do so…
The big questions are where are we standing right now in the context of the gender roles, and what implications does it have on human existence? Gender of a person reflects the masculine or feminine attributes of an individual, with respect to the psychology, biology, and role in society.
A gender role is the responsibility or the way of living of a person in society, with respect to its lifestyle. Traditional roles in society have been shouldered by people based on their biological orientation. With the passage of time and creation of a ‘liberal’ value system, the marked differences between the male and the female form have faded to a great extent, starting with the western culture.
The role of a man and a woman in society is influenced by a variety of factors. These factors vary with the region, religion, culture, climate, historical beliefs, living principles, and experiences, across the globe. Therefore, gender role in society can be defined as the role portrayed by an individual with respect to a combination of factors or any one of them, depending on the living conditions. These factors can be categorized as roles based on the classification – male, female or a combination, and their roles based on physical character and/or sexual and psychological orientation, either as a result of social bonding or self preferences.