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        Gender is the difference between that of man and women, yet it can be used to
discriminate either sex. For example the Australian culture shows a difference of ranking
between the two different sexes. They women are expected to raise the children and run
the house hold by cooking and cleaning where as the males have domestic roles of
providing money for the house hold.
There are some examples bellow:

Mr. and Mrs. Average
 -38hours working
 -12hours watching TV
 -10hours on the internet
 -3hours cooking and cleaning
 - 35minutes of dirty washing
 - plays a domestic role within the family.

 -28hours of working
 -30min applying make up and doing her hair
 -3-5 hours looking in the mirror
 -8hours of cooking
 -3hours of laundry
 -12hours of TV
 -8hours listening to the radio
 -10hours of cleaning.

Then and Now
 - Desperately trying to balance her work with the need to raise her children
 - married women in workforce 1953, was 256, 920 (1 in 5)
 - married women in workforce 2003, was 1,965,815.

      Tattoos – A blokes body is his notebook. The average bloke will have all the
       information he needs tattooed his arms: name, wife/girlfriends name, children's
       name, favorite footy team and a small map of the Southern Cross.
      Sporting Teams – Blokes like to support a sports team because it gives them a
       sense of family, and they will be happy to follow their team around the world to
       escape their actual family.
      Mates – A bloke needs a mate because being a bloke isn't something you can do
       on your own.
      Broken Things – Most blokes have kept hold of something old and broken. Eg
       their first car, an antique motorbike or their marriage – that they plan to fix.
      Bunnings – Blokes could stand all day in bunnings gazing at the rows of tools
       thinking “thats amazing”.

“1953 compares to 2003, in the politics of the modern family”
-Women are employed in all areas of work and are taking jobs in increasing numbers in
traditionally male sectors such as engineering, corporate management and politics.

-Childcare is available in many forms. The social security systems supports mothers who
want to continue in and rejoin the workplace after the birth of a child.

-The “baby care” or “homemaker” allowance, which is only in the initial stages of
development, would be an add-on to the parenting payment that supports low-income

-But with a mortgage, child-care payments and all the essentials of daily living, they are
struggling to survive.

-Studies are now revealing, the average working Australian family is under enormous
financial and emotional stress trying to balance work and family.

-The glory days of 1953, when most mums stayed home with their three or more
children, are long gone. The 1954 census demonstrates just how far gone. Then hubby
went to work and fewer that one in eight women, worked. Other than playgroups and
preschool, there was no such thing as formal childcare. There was no such thing, either as
before and after school care, long-day care, or work creches, and paid nannies were the
exclusive domain of the rich an pampered.

married women in the workforce: 256,920 (one in 15 females)
average number of children per family 3.2
average marrying age: bride 24; groom 26
married women in workforce: 1,965, 815
average number of children per family: 1.75
average marrying age: bride 29; groom 31

Gender is a term used to describe the socially constructed differences between men and
women, referring not only to individual identity and personality, but also at the symbolic
level, to cultural ideals and stereotypes of masculinity and femininity and, at the
structural level, to the sexual division of labor in institutions and organization’s.

Our maleness or femaleness are qualities that are shaped by both our biology and by the
experiences of our lives. Traditional gender roles still seem to be a dominant factor in
shaping our expectations of male and female behaviours.

From this research and the many statistics I’ve gathered from different newspaper
articles, it is evident that many changes in the lives of women have been made over the
past 50 years. Gender is a very narrow category as there are only two different types,
male and female. But the different roles each play are very different from each other still
today even though women have gained independence and more rights in the workplace
they are still the main care takers of the children and don’t in every case earn as much as
men in the same job. But women haven’t just gained more of a footing in the workplace
but have also taken a stance as creating a career rather than a family. With the average
number of children per family going from 3.2 dropping to 1.75, this just goes to show
over the past 50 years more and more women choose to make a career and earn a large
living rather than raising children and staying at home.
After reading four newspaper articles about gender, and highlighting the main
points. I found that.

Aussie blokes “make the worst husbands”

“women wanting to settle down were better off finding a bloke from
Scandinavia, United States or Britain than Australia”.
“when it comes to finding a husband willing to help out, Australian women have
a tough time”.
“based on a survey of 10,500 men and women aged 20 to 45 from each of the
12 countries”.
Study shows egalitarian countries there is less social stigma attached to men
doing what was traditionally women’s work.
Women living in less egalitarian countries were 20 to 50 % less likely to live
with a man compared with women in more egalitarian societies.

Gender has a part to play in Australians societies, and after reading this article
about Aussie blokes I found out that Australian men make the worst husbands in
the world. Studies shown that women are going over seas to now find
themselves a husband because they don’t like how men treat there women. By
reading this newspaper article I thought about the Aussie blokes and how that
they don’t show any interest in what women do or want. We as Australians are
the least egalitarian society, because of men being unattractive marriage
partners as they do not contribute to any household chores. Norway, Sweden,
UK, United States and Northern Ireland were judged to be the most egalitarian
countries, making their men the most attractive marriage partners, be reading
this I find that some what hard to believe, why can’t our Aussie women find a
great attractive men here in Australia. That is the question?

Meet Mr and Mrs Average

Meet Mr and Mrs Average was one of two articles I read relating to gender.
   It states that the average male will make it to his 77th birthday, earns
      $1250 a week, works 38 hours and retiring at 65.
   Mr Average will spend 12 hours of his week watching television on one of
      three television sets in his average aussie house. Said by Nielsen Online.

The article about Mr & Mrs Average was related to my study on gender. It stated
that the average male will make it to his 77th birthday, earns $1250 a week,
works 38 hours and will retire at the age of 65. Mr Average will spend 12 hours of
his week watching television on one of three television sets in his average Aussie
house, Said by Nielson Online. Mr Average is about 174cm tall and weighs
83.6kg. After reading this I found that a lot of men in our society today fit the
profile of Mr Average in more ways then one. Even if there jeans size isn’t the

The Average Aussie women was also looked at, 37 years old, married and will
make it to her 83rd birthday, earns $1063 a week, working 28 hours and retiring
at 63. As most women or mothers she like so enjoy 12 hours of television each
week and 8 hours listening to the radio. Her mobile phone will be used mostly for
calls to family and friends like most women these days. She is a healthy average
size of 14, 163cm tall and fills a C cup. Mrs Average would have been married at
the age of 29 and having her first child by 30.
This article is not all related to gender it also has other linked topics. By reading
this newspaper article I feel that my family could connect to this by my mother
having some of these characteristics.

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