Are the statements given alongside true or false? Support your
answer with the use of an
(a) All societies do not think similarly about the roles that
boys and girls play.
(b) Our society does not make distinctions between boys and girls
when they are growing up.
(c) Women who stay at home do not work.
(d) The work that women do is less valued than that of men.
(a) True. The society which we live in believes that the roles of
boys and girls are different in a well-defined manner. Broadly
speaking, our societies are mostly patriarchal i.e., a male is
always the head of the family. On the other hand, the societies
in most Latin American countries are matriarchal in nature i.e.,
a female is always the head of the family and the family lineage
is traced by following the female's line of family.
(b) False. Our society does make distinctions between boys and
girls when they are growing up. This can be exemplified as
follows: Girls are usually given toys such as dolls, whereas boys
are given toys such as cars, bat & ball etc. As compared to
boys, girls spend more time in the kitchen and they are the ones
who help the mother in taking care of the requirements of the
household. On the other hand, boys are more involved in outdoor
(c) False. Though it is a preconceived notion that women who stay
at home do not work, it is not true. Women who stay at home do
almost an equal amount of work as compared to their male
counterparts by running the household, which is not an easy task.
On an average, women spend more time working as compared to men.
However, their work goes unnoticed because a bulk of their work
is household-related and does not contribute to the generation of
(d) True. Since our society considers men to be the breadwinners
of the family, any work that a woman does is not valued much
because it does not contribute to the total income of the family.
However, it must be noted that the amount of time women spend in
taking care of the householed, which involves tasks such as
preparing three meals, getting kids ready for school, taking care
of the general cleanliness of the household, managing rations,
dealing with maids or other such domestic helps etc., and the
effectiveness with which they do it is truly commendable.
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