What are the strengths and weaknesses of the public/private eyesâ?¦â?¦ thinking about women's and men's roles and power across cultures? What can you say about the roles and relative power of men and women in families and households?
A global perspective on how women are treated both in the workplace, and in their own households
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In case you want to expand the discussion, there is an article on Nigerian culture and HIV that has good examples of unequal treatment caused by gender roles. I attached it and includes the web link and highlighted in yellow the relevant parts.
Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspectives
To be able to discuss gender from a cross-cultural perspective it is necessary to understand the term itself. Gender is more than a sex associated socio-cultural behavior (Merriam-Webster, Inc., 2011). Gender can describe "the social differences between females and males throughout the life cycle that are learned... deeply rooted in every culture" (Inter-Agency Standing Committee [IASC], 2006), that can not only change with time but change within the individuals in a given society.
It is important to consider that the culture within the society establishes the role for women and men. Buddhist ideas deeply influence Cambodian Khmer hierarchical society (Lenderwood, 2002). Even today, this culture assigns every person a code of conduct that gives the woman a duality in that society (Lenderwood, 2002). A wife can run the household, control finances, command in the market and fields, be an advisor to the husband but in public she has to defer all conversations (Lenderwood, 2002). This influence continues to affect Cambodian immigrants in the United ...
The solution involves a discussion of gender roles in various societies, with examples and references. It includes an attachement describing nigerian society to further expand the discussion already presented.