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Marilee Johnson
3/30
Fri Mar 30, 2012 10:36am
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The topic I am leaning towards most on choosing for this issue essay is social schemas and why they are still prevalent in todayís society and should they be. Gender roles have always played a part in history and I would like to delve into the discussions that I will cite and find out why people think they are appropriate and purposeful or why people think they should be weeded out and ignored. I want to examine both sides and portray them without bias to give a well-rounded view point from each side of the argument.
I am considering this topic of gender roles in the world because it is a subject that interests me. A couple weeks ago in my psychology class we discussed this exact issue and I did not absolutely want to get out of the class. It was weird to look back forty or fifty years and see how much menís and womenís roles in the American life have changed. We looked at a childrenís book that displayed all these roles and what boys and girls should do in different situations throughout life. It was funny to the class, but this is what people believed was right and appropriate and yes, some of those viewpoints have changed in a magnitude of people, but there are still men and women out there who believe that the things mentioned in that book like who should clean house, and who should cook, and who should pay for the house belong solely to one gender. Besides those classic roles the average person knows about, there are different roles that come about now and I want to discuss if those should be around too.
One side of the argument on gender roles will be for it obviously. I want to display information on why certain people believe in them and that society would function better if everyone followed these ďrulesĒ that people in the past have molded for us. The other side of the argument will be the exact opposite, why others feel that these traditional and/or modern gender roles are constraining them and hindering them in functioning properly in the world.

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