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Gender Roles in Ibo Culture

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Micah Pridmore

on 12 December 2012

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Gender Roles in Ibo Culture by Micah Pridmore 1.Things Fall Apart
3.Questions Compare/Contrast Questions Things Fall Apart Woman were expected to: What are gender roles and
how do they work in Ibo Society? A gender role is a set of expected
behaviors that indicate
one's masculinity or femininity Be submissive to husbands and men in general "Okonkwo wanted his son to be a great farmer
and a great man. He would stamp out the disquieting signs of laziness which he thought he already saw in him."(pg.33) Ibo Society 1. What are some more similarities and differences between Ibo culture and our own relating to gender roles? The End Men were expected to: Provide food for their family through their farm Have an aggressive hard working personality To be successful in battle Have many wives and yams To be dominant and to raise sons with the same discipline and tradition Bear many children(that live) Make their husband meals Have a role in religion, healing, or farming(not yams) "Okonkwo gave her a sound beating and left her and her only daughter weeping." (pg. 38) "It was clear from the way that the crowd stood or sat that the ceremony was meant for men. There were many woman, but they looked on from the fringe like outsiders." (pg. 87) "She gave the dish to her father’s eldest brother and then shook hands, very shyly, with her suitor and his relatives. She was about sixteen and just ripe for marriage."(pg.71) United States of America Physical Abuse Common Physical Abuse Rare(stopped if occurs) Male Dominance Woman-Same Rights As Men Farming-Main Occupation Variety jobs for both genders Disciplined children Lack of discipline Both: Men are leaders in family generally Woman mostly make meals at home Hardworking gender roles 2. Who would you relate Okonkwo to in our present-day culture? 3. Why do you think gender roles are important? MAN Works Cited
Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart. New York: Anchor, 1994. Print.
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Udemezue, Gozie. "The Role of Women in Igbo Society & Igbo Religion." Bright Hub Education. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Dec. 2012.
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