Essay on Midterm: Family and Stay-at –home Dad

Submitted By Gefei-Sun
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What society stereotypes will the stay at home dad face? What stereotype will the Latino girl face? Which one is harder to overcome?

2. There are a lot of stereotypes that cannot be changed in today, such as the perception of thinking a stay-at-home dad. In Glenn Sacks’ passage, he talks about some challenges and stereotypes that stay-at-home dad will face. “Despite the criticism, men generally focus on their careers not out of selfishness but because most women still expect men to be their family’s primary breadwinners.” (265) Men are always thinking as the brace of a family. As a stay-at-home dad, Glenn has to face the query that why a man want to stay at home to look after child. “While SAHD are sometimes stereotyped as being at mercy of their stronger wives’ commands, in reality, I have more power in family now than I ever did when I was the family breadwinner.” (266) Glenn states that SAHD does not mean the man is weaker than his wife. It is because the husband and the wife choose a different lifestyle than the normal couple. But according to the stereotype, man has to become the breadwinner in the family, this struggle Glenn a lot. Being a stay-at-home dad, looking after child is one of the most important things in Glenn’s life. “ Mom is #1 not because of the biology or God’s law but because mom is the one who does most child care.” (266) As a stay-at-home dad, he becomes “the mom” in normal children’s life. This is also weird to the society that a man is taking care of the child, not the woman. The society will judge the woman for paying more attention on work, not on her own child. The man will also be judged as a dawdler. That are the challenges Glenn and his wife have to face.

3. The society sees Latina in stereotype. Judith was born in Puerto Rico, but raised in New Jersey. Her habit is just like American. Embarrassment and unwillingness appeared when she seems to be acted like a Latina. When she walks into a bus, people will give her more attention because she is a Latina. She also suffered the “cultural schizophrenia”: “As a teenager I was lectured constantly on how to behave as a proper senorita. But it was a conflicting message I received, since act like women and to dress in clothes our Anglo friends and their mother found too “mature” and flashy.” (309) There is also another stereotype about Latina’s dressing. “When a Puerto Rican girl dressed in her idea of what is attractive meets a man from the mainstream culture who has been trained to react to certain types of clothing as a sexual signal, a clash is likely to take place.”(310) She also experienced a stereotype in her job as a