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Gender roles

(Roles de género)

Gender roles refer to the set of social and behavioural norms assigned to the men and women of a specific group or social system. For example, men have traditionally been assigned the role of breadwinners, as specified by cisheteropatriarchy. On the other hand, a gender role traditionally assigned to women is that of a homemakers. These gender roles are very present in societies and are evident in the media, language, the assignment of responsibilities, etc.

Currently, and increasingly, some people do not identify with their identity or the gender roles they were assigned at birth. An example are trans people. As the trans collective in Granada (Spain) suggests, some trans men are forced to perpetuate cisgender roles to be accepted, even when they do not identify with those roles. Sometimes, they normalize behaviours, such as liking certain sports or that their sexual orientation must be heterosexual. On the other hand, according to the organization Apoyo Positivo, trans women who follow gender roles specified by cisheteropatriarchy are usually accused of meddling in feminism and in spaces reserved for  cisgender women.

References:

Informe Trans; FELGTB

GranadaDigital. 

Apoyopositivo.org.

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