The Social Construction of Gender Roles

Students could consider the gendered division of labour in their own families and the extent to which these are symmetrical or patriarchal.

The lesson could begin with watching Proctor and Gamble advert and a request for students to write a list of all of the activities they see the mothers in the advert performing. This then leads on to a discussion of the social construction of gender roles within families. Students can be encouraged to consider that although this may be some women’s experience of family life, it depicts a rather narrow and stereotypical point of view. Students can also think about the message this advert is giving åÊif women do their mothering role well, their children will be a success. Another useful illustrative advert can be found here:

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