Presentation on theme: "How do feminists view the Family?. A woman’s role? While Functionalists take a positive view of the family, Feminists take a critical view They see."— Presentation transcript:
A woman’s role? While Functionalists take a positive view of the family, Feminists take a critical view They see families as having a negative impact on the lives of women They do not believe that women are biologically suited to the role of housewife and mother They believe that society has constructed this role for them What does this mean?
Gender roles If it is society that states that there is a clear difference in the roles men and women take in the family Then how are these roles learned? What do adverts tell us about gender roles in the family? What do we learn from our own parents?
How do children learn their gender role? Feminists would argue that families are active in promoting gender roles Not just by the roles they portray but through the toys they provide Also through the way children are dressed And the way boys and girls are expected to behave
A boy who is encouraged to help his father with home improvements May grow up to think that this is a man’s role A girl who sees her mother doing the cooking and cleaning May grow up to think that this is a woman’s role In this way families are responsible for preparing their children for gendered roles in society
Activity Why did the adults treat the babies differently? What does it say about how boys and girls are socialised in families? What can you conclude from this experiment?
Who benefits from the family? Feminists argue that families are an important tool in maintaining a PATRIARCHAL society This is a society which is based on male dominance Within the family structure the males benefit while the females lose out
Supporting research Jesse Bernard (1982) suggested that marriage was much more beneficial for women than men Research shows that men tend to need marriage much more than women Married men tend to have much better physical and mental health than single men However the opposite is true for women Women rather than men also reported more unhappiness in their marriage and regret in marrying
Summary questions How would feminists view the Warm Bath Theory? Why are Feminists seen as critical of the family? Do they think women are naturally suited to the role of housewife? Explain your answer How does the family reinforce gender roles? What is a patriarchal society?