This is very important information. If divorce was more accessible and acceptable there would have been more singe family homes. However, it would be difficult for women to support their families because there were less jobs for women at that time, and for a variety of reasons. There was of course as much domestic violence, incest and alcoholism during the 50s as is now. Now we have access to media and more help available to assist these situations. There was a big push for cocktail parties in the 50s and there was lost of drinking at home, at work and during lunch. Another item regarding life in the 50s many men died around 50 years of age, this could be due to the pressures they had trying to be the male role model. And it benefitted the wife because then she could continue on without the abuse of the over masculine husband. I was watching an episode of Bewitched and was surprised at the way Darren treated Sam. She helped him with his work and he belittled her and said there was no way she could have come up with those advertising ideas. She was only a woman and must have applied witchcraft to be so creative. Samatha took the lecture and was submissive and demure about it. These are the lessons that were taught in the 50s for gendering. Good thing we have it all worked out now. LOL
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Transgender people may mix gender roles to form a personally comfortable androgynous combination or transcend the scheme of gender roles completely, regardless of their physiological sex. Transgender people can also be physically androgynous or identify as androgynous. Transsexualism also exists, where a person who is born as one sex and is brought up in that sex, has a gender identity of the opposite sex and wishes to live as that gender. Intersex people have a mismatch between their sexual genetic code and their physical make up, which can result in a person have external genitalia like a female and the body physique like a male.
In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses the protagonist to draw parallels to her personal experiences. Like Jean-Louise Finch, Harper Lee also did not follow society’s gender expectations. During the 1930’s, the time period in which the story takes place, the culture of Maycomb was that women were expected to be a certain way and were not treated as if they were equal to men. Scout’s personality breaks away from traditional gender roles as a result of her upbringing and role models.
Scout does not follow the expectations of a traditional southern lady. Throughout the novel, Scout is portrayed to be very playful and somewhat troublesome which is not the typical behaviour of a girl. One instance would be where Scout almost gets into a physical fight with Cecil Jacobs, a boy in her class, over him saying that her father, Atticus Finch, defends niggers as he was defending a black man in court, Tom Robinson who was accused of raping a white woman.”It was the first time I ever walked away from a fight” (Lee,85) Scout has never walked away from a physical altercation with a person, this shows Scout’s fearlessness for a girl or a southern belle. A southern belle is the term used to describe the white Southern American woman who was expected to have a certain class level and practice typical female decency.. Further into Scout’s character, she dresses differently from most girls her age as she wears overalls and pants while girls her age would wear dresses. “When I said I could do nothing in a dress, she said I wasn’t supposed to be doing things that required pants” (90). This refers to a conversation between Scout and Aunt Alexandra where Aunt Alexandra basically states that since Scout is a girl, she should not be spending her time doing boyish activities that require her to wear pants, this blatantly shows Aunt’s Alexandra’s expectations for Scout in terms of Scout to be more like a girl but Scout contin...