Gender Roles

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It’s Complicated is a movie which depicts characters in nontraditional gender roles. A gender role is a behavior that is considered appropriate and normal for a man and a woman in their society. Some stereotypical male gender role characteristics are masculinity, assertiveness, unemotional, dominant, competitive, athletic, and confidence. On the other hand, some stereotypical female gender role characteristics are non assertive, emotional, submissive, warm and nurturing.

This characters in this movie moves away from the stereotypical male and female gender roles and leans more towards the nontraditional and transcending gender roles. I focus on three characters; Jane, Jake and Adam. Jane, played by Meryl Streep is divorced, owns a successful business, and a mother of three. Jake, played by Alec Baldwin is divorced, remarried to a younger woman and an attorney. Adam, played by Steve Martin is a recently divorced architect.

Jane and Jake were married but have been divorced for ten years. They have three grown children together. Jane remained single and focused on her business; Jake remarried a much younger woman, Agnes, who has a five year old son, Pedro, and is pressuring him to have more children. The unintended affair between Jane and Jake began in New York where they went to attend their son’s graduation. They stayed in the same hotel, end up in the bar together and had dinner. After lots of drinking and dancing Jane and Jake slept together. In the next scene Jane and Jake wake up in bed together; Jane was clearly mortified and Jake was all smiles. This affair spirals out of control when Jake develops feelings for Jane and tries to rekindle their romance.

The gender role expectation of men as initiators and women as recipients was not observed in Jane and Jake’s behavior during their affair. In one scene Jane was the initiator when…...

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