2. Essay + Working Bibliography In the RIP Essay, your job is to write a paper, in the first person, with two separate goals: To persuade your audience of a message — a version of the same message you are trying to persuade in your RIP Project, but you’ll convey it differently, because this is an academic essay. This part of the essay should use the book/film you’re discussing as primary source evidence, and should include rhetorical analysis of that source. It should look a lot like your RA essay! The “message” of your RIP project will become the main claim (thesis) of this part of your RIP essay.To explain to your audience why you created your RIP Project, and what rhetorical choices you made in order to communicate your message within the genre of your project. This part of the text should draw on the model texts (you’ll find several models of your chosen genre, from which you’ll find and emulate genre conventions) as secondary sources. Here, you will treat your RIP Project as your primary source. Your main claim (thesis) will be something like, “this genre offers me an effective way to convey my message to my audience because…”The RIP essay should be between 500-800 words long. A minimum of 2 secondary sources (genre models) must be cited in the essay, that demonstrate your understanding of your chosen genre. The essay will also be accompanied by your Working Bibliography, which will explicitly state what you drew from each model. Each description should contain the following information, written in your own words:Brief description and analysis of the author’s ethos, credentials and background (Google this info; 1-2 sentences);Summary of the author’s main argumentExplanation of how you used this source as a model your RIP project: what genre conventions did you observe in it?
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Running head: GENDER FALLACY
Gender Equality has undermined the Family Unit
Gender roles have evolved. The men and women’s roles have reached a tipping point with
blurred lines about gender roles as explained from the traditional pretext. Indeed, traditionally
men have been seen as the sole determinants of the socioeconomic wellbeing of the family while
the mother is the nurturer and the housekeeper. The human society depends on the harmony
between men and women within one of the most critical units; the family unit. Traditionally, the
man had the responsibility to provide for his family, but contemporary society has shunned this
setting and allowed equality in terms of gender roles in a home. Men have been forced to carry
out the functions previously thought to belong to women, as women make progress in their
careers and work lives. The reasons for these changes are dynamic economic factors and the
growth of women independence aimed at enhancing gender equality.
The changes in the gender roles at the family unite has been caused by economic and
demographic variances in the lives of the women while much of what men used to do has been
affected by external factors. The advancement of women in the labor market and the subsequent
economic changes in the family unit has necessitated a change of the roles adopted by women at
home. In the modern world as opposed to the traditional world, women have become more
independent in terms of economics and even sexually (Boyd, 2017). Women have the right to
choose whether to get married or to pursue their careers. The growth of the individualism and
increased self-awareness coupled with the need for self-dependence has caused a paradigm shift
of the way a family is built and run. The focus on childbearing and the nurturing being primary
reason men and women get together in marriage are long gone, and hence marriage relationships
have become fragile.
The roles played by men and women at the family level are closely watched by their
children. The gender roles are directly influential to the gender roles that will be assumed by the
children in their adult life. The gender roles hence construct identities. Traditionally, a good
education has been the prerequisite determinant for men, and thus women tended to prefer men
with good educations levels (Buechler, 2015). On the other hand, men have had a preference for
women who did not invest too much in their careers and were ready to assume housewife roles.
The institution of marriage has been undermined by the new changes at the family unit as new
forms of arrangements have mushroomed such as cohabitation which offers a stressful
environment for childbearing and development due to a lack of commitment.
The women who are more educated may also tend to struggle to get life partners due to
the power that they hold in a family setup and the consequential impact on gender roles. As
women have received more education, the impact has been less attention on the family and
childbearing needs while giving attention more to the career goals. Women who are more
educated tend to have fewer children than their counterparts who are not well educated. While
we cannot deny that education has enabled gender balance, it has also destroyed the family
harmony. Women who are educated hold a special place in society as they tend to be more
influential to less educated women and hence this creates defiance against the family unit for
socio-economic equality purposes.
The rise of phenomenon such as feminism has resulted in a conflict which has also
created a pretext for an increase in the divorce rates. According to the American Psychology
Association, kids that grow up in stable marriages tend to have less stress as compared to kids
that are brought up by parents who are cohabiting. The women suffrage movement has indeed
evolved into the modern aspects of feminism that has affected the family unit negatively. Their
message that motherhood and the housewife role have oppressed the contemporary woman is
more of a political message than a social message that seeks to remedy the gender inequalities at
Feminism has turned women against men and the family unit as it encourages them to
pursue their interests first such as career and enjoy their sexuality while living the dream life
unbound by childbearing chains. This movement has turned against the foundation of human
civilization as well as human socialization. Feminists fail to understand that the family unit is
supposed to be collaborative and it is not power play between the genders — 60 % of the
American kid lack parental supervision during their development years (Lamanna, Riedmann
and Stewart, 2016). The modern world where women earn even the same amount of money like
men has unsettled the family unit due to the usurping of hierarchical power as a breadwinner.
Today, both men and women play breadwinners while not all of them can do a good job in child
nurturing and home maintenance. Men have been forced to adapt to save their marriages, but for
how long before they snap?
The social inequality between the different sexes should be done away with while at the
same time preserving the family unit bearing its importance in the society. The family unit
should also take measures to accommodate changes in the women economic environment but not
up to the point of creating conflict with the traditional marriage set up. The rates of child
negligence, family conflicts and divorce have gone up due to the disruption of the gender roles as
prescribed in the family unit. The presence of gay marriage by policymakers for the sake of
advancing equality is undermining the value of family and gender roles.
The differences between men and women about the different roles each will play affect
the wellbeing of the family unit. For example, when a married couple is deciding on who will
carry out various tasks by sacrificing their work-related obligations, there is likely to be conflict.
Equality at this point is all about ensuring that each party is given a fair head start and
opportunity. In case the position of one of the parties is compromised, the other spouse feels
threatened, and career threatened (Yarbrough, Jones and DeFilippis, 2018). This is the dilemma
for most couples due to the quest for equal roles and opportunity. The husband may feel that
threatening his career might endanger the whole family’s economic wellbeing while the wife may
feel oppressed. Even though the couples genuinely love one another one will have to
compromise their position for the family or ignore for the sake of their careers.
The family unit was founded on gender-based roles as each party knew their specified
tasks within the family. The modern push for equality has created conflict as men do not want to
lose their power. The couples may end up using leverage and intimidation to get their way. In
case of a divorce, research has shown that men tend to perform better after a divorce while
women tend to lose their financial capabilities by up to 30% (Yarbrough, Jones and DeFilippis,
2018). This has been evidenced by the fact that releasing a man from family obligations via
divorce increases his earning abilities as they can focus on their careers better. However, it is not
the same for women, who will get emotionally burdened for a long time while also taking care of
their kids and may lack the time to network and grow in their career ladder. This is evident that
the traditional family unit clearly had taken into account the strengths and weaknesses of both
men and women. From a psychological perspective, men tend to focus better and faster than
women after divorce. Thus men and women should collaboratively engage each other while
respecting the family needs first collaboratively.
The aspect of individualism has been supported by feminists while they have shunned the
family roles as provided under the family unit. Indeed, women have gone through a lot while
seeking to release themselves from the chains of family roles. The freedom of women in many
gender roles has changed and created an enabling environment for women to progress
economically. However, the family unit being the fabric of society has declined as divorce cases
have spiked and gender roles have changed towards more individual interests. The proponents of
gender equality have forced men to take similar roles to that of women at home (Boyd, 2017).
However, the women, on the other hand, have not been taking full advantage of their careers as
evidenced by a high rate of them leaving permanent or demanding positions in favor of part-time
positions. Women are also more likely to ask for sick leave than men, and also they are not fond
of long distance travels or over time.
The fact that most women still crave for home roles even when they are in powerful
positions depicts that feminists movements depictions are skewed to create imbalance and may
undermine the productivity of the family in one way or another. The dynamic nature of the
workplace still creates conflict at home since most women are not willing to pursue their careers
fully due to family obligations. The solution is taking the needs of the men and women and finds
common ground to avoid further conflict. The family remains crucial, and women should not be
undermined, but there is a need to embrace collaboration and compromising for both parties to
survive in the modern family environment.
Boyd, S. B. (2017). Family, Law and Sexuality: Feminist Engagements. Law and Social
Movements, 533-554. doi:10.4324/9781315091983-20
Buechler, S. M. (2015). Critical Sociology. Routledge.
Lamanna, M. A., Riedmann, A., & Stewart, S. D. (2016). Marriages, Families, and
Relationships: Making Choices in a Diverse Society. Cengage Learning.
Yarbrough, M. W., Jones, A., & DeFilippis, J. N. (2018). Queer Families and Relationships
After Marriage Equality. Oxfordshire, England: Taylor & Francis.
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