In particular, there are women who have assumed roles that are traditionally considered to be men’s Likewise, some segments of the male fraternity have assumed feminine roles.
This state of affairs has been occasioned by a host of factors. An in depth evaluation of certain contributory aspects ascertains that general societal conditions influence relative decision making. In essence, the environment within which the child is nurtured and brought up greatly influences the decisions that such children make regarding the issue of gender roles. In essence, the environment comprises of the values and virtues that guide behavior accordingly. It is the respective attributes that determine the perceptions of children regarding gender roles. Ultimately, this influences their behavior and general decision making. It is against this background that this paper provides a comparative review of Just Kids and Violence Girls in light of gender, race, class and violence that shaped them.
To begin with, it is worth appreciating that both Smith Patti and Alice Bag defied all odds to explore a music genre that was considered by the society to be masculine. In this regard, they actively participated in rock music and coupled with their poetic background, made even greater contributions to the composition of the respective pieces of music. A biographical account of Smith’s childhood indicates that her mother expected her to be a waitress. From a cultural point of view, this is an ‘acceptable’ profession within the female sphere. The mother’s expectations were greatly influenced by the societal and cultural beliefs regarding women roles in the then society.
Unlike her counterpart, Alice Bag grew up in a violent society that did not clearly define its expectations with respect to her profession. Arguably, although Bag grew up in a violent background, societal expectations