we will examine gender roles during the holidays. To begin, please take a look at the following article on the website Sociological Images, found here.
After reading the article, reflect on your own past Thanksgiving experiences to answer the questions, below. If you do not celebrate Thanksgiving, think of another holiday you have celebrated with your family that involves cooking and eating a lot of food.
Think of the Thanksgiving celebration you had with your family this past year, paying special attention to the gender roles associated with this holiday, in your family.
What do the men do during different parts of the day and evening?
How do the women spend their time?
And what about the children – do the boys and girls help their family members?
In what ways?
Take a look at the various rituals throughout the day, and think about whether they differ by gender. For instance, is the turkey carved at the dinner table, and who carves it?
According to your observations, did you find any kind of gender imbalance in the preparation for this holiday?
Write a one paragraph summary of your observations and analysis. As mentioned above, if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, think of another holiday you have celebrated with your family that involves cooking and eating a lot of food, and write your summary about the gender roles found there.