Gender role

A gender role, also known as a sex role,[1] is a social role encompassing a range of behaviors and attitudes that are generally considered acceptable, appropriate, or desirable for a person based on that person's sex.[2][3] Gender roles are usually centered on conceptions of masculinity and femininity,[2] although there are exceptions and variations. The specifics regarding these gendered expectations may vary among cultures, while other characteristics may be common throughout a range of cultures. As well as cultural influence, gender roles are partially informed by biological and genetic factors.[4]

Men and women in non-traditional gendered occupations clockwise from top lefttop to bottom: a male midwife in Oslo, Norway; women being sworn into the Afghan National Police; a male kindergarten teacher in Colorado Springs, U.S. playing the ukulele, a woman doing construction work in the Solomon Islandsfoo.

Gender roles influence a wide range of human behavior, often including the clothing a person chooses to wear, the profession a person pursues, and the personal relationships a person enters.

Various groups, most notably feminist movements, have led efforts to change aspects of prevailing gender roles that they believe are oppressive or inaccurate.


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