Atypical gender role

Gender role is a term used in the social sciences and humanities to denote a set of behavioral norms associated with a given gendered status in a given social group or system. A person who exhibits a gender role at odds with the norm for their gender and class, in a society, is said to have an atypical gender role.

Gender Role Stereotype

Gender Role Stereotypes are the socially determined model which contains the cultural beliefs about what the gender roles should be. It is what a society expects men and women to think, look like, and behave. Gender role stereotypes are often based on gender norms.


Heteronormativity describes a binary system in which a person's gender identity and gender role should match a person's external genitalia. Gender role stereotypes are often aligned with heteronormativity.


A person is transgendered when their gender identity differs from the gender assigned to them at birth on the basis of their genetic and/or physical sex. Transgendered is often used as an umbrella term to describe gender variant and genderqueer people.

Examples of Atypical Gender Roles

Examples of some atypical gender roles:

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