These stimulating companion volumes reflect an expansion of the coverage of Wrightsman's earlier book Personality Development in Adulthood. They encourage readers to look at the evolving nature of their own lives, and include case studies throughout to illustrate concepts in a thought-provoking, non-technical manner.
Chapter 4: Sex Roles
Man may work from sun to sun, But woman's work is never done.
Perhaps the most significant development in psychological thinking over the past two decades is the emergence of gender to accompany race and social class as “the primordial axes around which social life is organized” (Michael Kimmel, quoted by Brooks, 1991, p. 19). First came a realization of the male bias in psychological theory and research, along with recognition of the detrimental nature of gender stereotypes. The emergence of feminism as a force in society and as a perspective in psychology contributed to a critical examination of the supposed benefits and significant constraints of traditional gender roles, and later, led to development of the “men's movement.” (See also Box 4.1.)