Gender Roles: Societies' Law and Genetic Code

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When I'm out for a walk on a fine spring day, I pass by a park near my house. I notice a family of four, playing together. The parents were both pretty young and they had a young boy and girl. The father was throwing a football and chasing his son around, while the mother was pushing her daughter on the swing. As I walk by on the path, I almost trip over their bikes because I am speculating on how young kids start to associate gender roles. I realize that there is a small pink Barbie bike, a small black bike with flames, and two genderized mountain bikes, which support my thinking of gender roles in our lives. Why do girls dislike doing things guys do? Why can't guys be exactly like girls? Why do we outcast a person aside when they don't follow these gender roles? It is all because our genes and society influence the idea of gender roles and makes it an invisible law.

Gender roles are a complicated topic in all cultures in the world. There are the people who argue the origins of gender roles, which they say lies within societal rules or preprogrammed in our genes. Of course, both society and our preprogrammed genes contribute to the gender roles of today. The majority of the public subconsciously follows these roles without thinking about it. People who don't follow these rules are cast aside from the general society. Society wants a man to be a man and a woman to be a woman, not some mixed type.

Male and female gender roles are almost complete opposites. The concept of being a man consists of seven invisible guidelines: to never cry, to be powerful, to be aggressive, to be the leader, to not be feminine,