Winter's Bone Gender Roles

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In the film “Winter’s Bone” directed by Debra Granik, the portrayal of gender roles and the effects of their control in the main character Ree’s community allowed me to think more deeply about the subject of gender roles, their presence in our western society and their effect on women’s lives. This is what led me to choose the subject of gender roles as the basis for my research. Despite Debra Granik’s film not reaching into the effects of gender roles in a modern western society unlike the closed off and small community in which the film is set I believe that the conclusions I have drawn according to my evidence still apply as it is referring the evolution of the gender roles that exist in the film, due to gender roles of a modern western…show more content…
This article by Dennis Cauchon. (2013, March 25) ‘An American role reversal’[5] talks about the shift in women moving to become the main breadwinner in 28% of households in America and the reasons why this shift is being seen. The main reasons for more men becoming stay-at-home dad’s or homemakers being this: “Education. In nearly every case, the woman is better educated than the man. The wife and husband don't generally consider one smarter than the other, but the men often prefer doing things with their hands or outdoors, while the women excel in school and working at a desk. Parenting… moms who prefer to work and dads who like to nurture. "Patience" -- when Dad has it naturally and Mom doesn't -- is the attribute both men and women cite for flipping traditional roles.” This is also talking about a distinct veering away from the stereotypes that dictate men to be better educated by women and women more naturally nurturing than men, and the increasing number of women over achieving men as “Women earned 57% of bachelor's degrees, 60% of master's degrees and 52% of doctoral degrees in 2010” the Education Department reports. However an article by Kooistra, N. M. (2014) ‘Feminism Has Harmed Women by Eliminating Natural Gender Roles’[6] challenges the idea that Feminism has benefited women arguing that “the advice to women to seek work outside the home goes against the innate desires of women and leads to unhappiness.” Kooistra bases her argument on the idea that all women want to have families and so when women make the choice to pursue their careers further rather than have a family, they will consequently develop a “sense of purposelessness” by not fulfilling

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