For decades men and women have been driven into certain roles that they are forced to accept by society. In todayâ€™s world, men and women grow-up with preconceived notions of how things work, how people should act, and what their place is in the world. The three essays about gender issues and stereotypes give many perspectives that are forced upon men and women. The essay, â€œThe Future of Men,â€ by Susan Faludi, implies that women and affirmative action are the cause of angry and psychotic men everywhere. Women are ousting men from their roles in society. The essay, â€œWhy I Want a Wife,â€ by Judy Brady, explains explicitly the roles that women are expected to take in society. It also implies that men are the controllers and force women to take on the work they do not want to do around the house. Yet, the essay, â€œThe Men We Carry in Our Minds,â€ shows a very different view on the subject. This essay tells the story from a poor familyâ€™s point of view, where the men are hard laborers. The author then sees another perspective where the men are seen to have a life of ease and luxury. .
In past times, the gender roles in society were very clear cut. They were stereotypical and men rarely strayed from them. Their wives were expected to be the stay-at-home moms and tend to the children. They also expected their wives to keep a clean house, have the food ready for the man when he came home, and not hold a job outside the home. The wife was expected to do everything she can to satisfy the man both emotionally and physically. The males were expected to be the providers or the â€œhunters.â€ These stereotypes can be dated back to the beginning of history. Women stayed at home to care for their children while the men went out to hunt. The male was expected to make enough money so that the wife and family were properly taken care of and she did not need to have a job.