Turning the Tide

J. Stokes
7 min readOct 29, 2018
Man hitting a woman. (Image Credit: industry-buzz.com)

The content provided in the following discussion largely pertains to heterosexual couples, or the pairing of a cisgender male and cisgender female in an intimate relationship. Given the author’s limited knowledge of other pairings and the ideal length of this piece (i.e. 1,000–2,000 words), relationships involving members of the LBGTQIA+ community will not be highlighted. However, an attempt will be made to explore these other relationships in future discussions.

Men wear the pants, while women sport dresses. Along with this practice comes a few life lessons.

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. With this comes an opportunity to educate audiences about the impact of domestic violence, as well as develop and implement solutions for the future. This public health issue is seen in many different forms from various entities. Stories of these incidents range from shooting deaths to more heinous acts such as disembowelment. With this being the case, it is difficult to determine a starting point when forming solutions. One idea might be to focus on some of the primary causes of violent behaviors between men and women specifically. In this discussion it is argued that gender roles might play a huge part in domestic violence seen between the two groups.

Gender Bender

Piña-Watson et al. (2016) stated that when youth are developing into adults they are engaged in “exploring and developing their identity, one aspect being gender” (p. 308). Some scholars have argued that individuals are often defined by their gender. This assertion is backed by gender schema theory (GST), which claims that people are gendered at an early age and this results in certain cognitive and categorical processing throughout their lifetime (Starr & Zurbriggen, 2017). Different cultures develop gender roles based on certain expectations or scripts they feel each sex — someone who is biologically male or biologically female — should have.

With gender roles come stereotypical behaviors. Eisenchlas (2013) stated that males are defined by agentic characteristics, such as independence and assertiveness, while females are considered communal, which…



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