In every culture, there is the consistency of standards regarding the division of gender-based roles. This is because of the diversity in culture, which, function as a way of organizing and differentiating the roles to be played by both men and women the society. For instance, the masculine personality involves being the providers, assertive and independent while the feminine traits involve being submissive to their husbands as well as being the caregivers at home.
While some of the gender roles may vary in the society when it comes to women, others remain the same.
A woman’s role and expectations
Her role as a wife
This is one of the most and important roles that a woman plays in the society. In most cultures when a woman reaches a particular maturity age, then she is supposed to get married and be a good wife to her husband. Being a wife involves being responsible enough to take care of her home, her children, husband and undertaking any other duty that may be required of her.
To submit to her husband
The word submissive has been highly debated because most people differ on it’s exact meaning. To some, when a woman submits it means that she is inferior to the husband making her less of a person. While in some cultures it is a demand for a woman to be submissive towards her husband and if not she is punished. Likewise, she is to obey him, never talk back, or oppose him and to fulfill his demands when he wants her to.
The perception that submission amounts to being inferior is a misconception that we should avoid. Submission should be voluntarily and neither a demand nor by force as often mistaken. It involves a woman complementing his husband by helping him to fulfill his duties and responsibilities, making him feel like the man that he is, and recognizing him as the head of the home.
Also, submitting to your husband does not specifically mean that you should agree with him on everything that he does or says even when you know that he is wrong.
Woman as a helper
As a helper, a woman should render any needed assistance to her husband as well as help him in decision making in matters surrounding the family. Currently, in today’s world, roles have changed, and women are now sharing duties with their husbands. Duty sharing can involve offering of financial support such as paying bills, buying foodstuffs in the house among other things.
It is through marriage that procreation of the human race can continue. In the society, children are regarded as an important asset and a blessing to the family and the community at large. Simply, because they bring in joy, love, and happiness to their parents, and they also strengthen the bond in a marriage. Therefore, in many cultures procreation is important because it ensures the continued sustainability of the future generation. Having children means that they will not only inherit the family properties, but they will also hold the family name. Unfortunately, the society does sometimes judge harshly any woman who is not able to conceive; something that can lead to stigmatization.
Respect her husband
Most cultures demand that a woman should always respect her husband. This means that she is to value his opinions, appreciate his commitment towards her, and put his priorities and values into consideration. Showing respect may include being attentive to his needs, opening the door for him with a smile, serving him with food, preparing him his bath among other duties.
Unlike men who are not able to perform dual roles. Women have been known to have that inborn ability to be able to perform so many duties at the same time. She can partake up to ten different tasks without having much difficulty. For instance, she can cook, have a conversation, clean the house, and take care of her children just to mention a few. This clearly displays them as great multitaskers when it comes to performing duties.
Also, she plays the role of a wife to her husband, a mother to her children, a sister to her siblings and a professional in her work environment.