Definition of sex role in English:

sex role


  • The role or behaviour learned by a person as appropriate to their sex, determined by the prevailing cultural norms.

    • ‘And it is in loving relationships between people of different races that role constraints can become as stultifying and oppressive for whites as sex roles can be for men.’
    • ‘My argument describes this shift as a change in work-gender identities; specifically, labor practices linked to sex roles.’
    • ‘These women demanded only fair treatment within traditional sex roles, never really questioning the salience of marriage itself.’
    • ‘New Zealand-born sexologist John Money invented the term ‘gender identity’ in the 1960s and proposed that sex roles are learnt - the product of early experience rather than something innate.’
    • ‘The proliferation of this usage in subsequent decades was a measure of the spread of the feminist claim that sex roles are socially imposed and largely arbitrary, and that they can and should be changed.’
    • ‘Interestingly, being quietly bisexual - as long as a man takes the active sex role - is OK.’
    • ‘The male sex role emphasizes the importance of heterosexuality to masculinity, thus heterosexual males may need to affirm their masculinity by rejecting gay men.’
    • ‘They move in feminine ways, have feminine voices (a ‘gay accent ‘) and tend to be feminine in their sex roles.’’
    • ‘It has been suggested that boys may tend to be open and active in their sexual encounters with older females, perhaps because actively seeking sex is consistent with the male sex role.’
    • ‘The twentieth century witnessed many new developments in the biological and social sciences, all of which suggested that sexuality and sex roles were far more fluid than had been previously thought.’
    • ‘A strict division of sex roles is typically used to describe prehistoric groups, with males hunting and females being predominantly involved in agricultural tasks.’
    • ‘Indeed, in his now-infamous conference remarks, Lawrence Summers invoked the history of the kibbutz movement to help make his case that biology might partially explain sex roles.’
    • ‘Adjustment to one's proper sex role as an adult was premised, then, not so much on the psychodynamics of family life as on the existence of social practices conducive to heterosexuality.’
    • ‘It is here that the reversal of the possible sex roles generally attributed to women in gangsta rap occurs, and the switching of power roles, vis-a-vis sex roles, is accomplished.’
    • ‘Pedro Almodóvar became a popular and world-famous film director through his edgy comedies that employed camp elements and themes of mixed-up gender and sex roles, comedies like Law of Desire and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.’
    • ‘There are many reasons for lack of sexual desire in men: boredom, fear of closeness, overwork, overstress and changing sex roles (more sexually aggressive women).’
    • ‘In the popular literature, Hochschild explicitly denied that traditional sex roles in home production were shifting to accommodate changes in the labor market.’
    • ‘Such a reading could be analyzed as a male response to changing sex roles in American society, specifically to the perceived threat of female freedom (economic, social and sexual) and female vociferousness.’
    • ‘Nursing ‘sick, wounded, and dying soldiers’ has been seen as an affirmation and continuation of traditional sex roles.’
    • ‘The sexual desire presumption also breaks down when it turns out that harassment is the product of other motivations: the desire to reinforce sex roles, to drive women out of men's jobs, or to exert power over subordinates.’