Gender is a Prison: How Traditional Gender Roles Cage Human Diversity
It is first necessary to have a foundation of what a traditional, nuclear family dynamic looks like before exploring the various non-traditional dynamics that each subsection of this exhibit will delve into. The term “nuclear” is used to describe how this type of family has a central nucleus, a core for lack of better words, consisting of two parents and their children. The most common family unit leads with the father, is maintained by the mother, and is grown by the children. Traditional family roles have plagued society and ingrained the image of the nuclear family into everyone’s everyday routines. While Dad is busy at work and too busy to personally contribute to childcare or household chores, Mom serves as the full-time housewife, cook, nanny, and maid.
Each of the subsequent sections will tie back to the traditional gender roles that come from the traditional nuclear family of America in the 1950’s, which is why it is necessary to have a foundation. Three of the subsections will focus on how these traditions cage people from going beyond the norm and the other two subsections will provide different examples of men and women who have escaped the cage.