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Is It a Man’s World?

Unit 3

2 • Private and Public Spheres
WB p. 16

Is It a Man’s World?
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➜ To what extent did gender roles start evolving in the 50s and 60s?

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Serious Game

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Critical Commons

Get ready!

Look at the vocabulary list. Find a title for each category.

a. Look at the picture. How are men and women represented? What does it suggest about their respective roles?

b. List as many differences as you can between life in the 50s and today.
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Watch the video of a TV show aired in the 50s.
a. Compare the gender roles portrayed.

b. What are the characters’ opinions on this topic?

Discuss these brainstorming questions with your classmates:
What roles did men and women traditionally hold in the 50s? Would you say things have changed? How different are gender roles now?

Read the idiom of the week. Rephrase it in your own words and give examples.
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  • representative (adj.)
  • shocking (adj.)
  • thought-provoking (adj.)
  • staging a scene (exp.)
  • carpet (n.)
  • vacuum (U.S.) / (hoover (U.K.)) (v.)

Let’s learn!

Guessing Game

Select 3 words from the vocabulary list. Write 3 definitions and make your classmates guess the words.
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Be your own man / woman

Idiom of the week!

Be your own man / woman


This saying means that you should not let yourself be overly influenced by outside opinions, but instead be confident enough to act, think and work independently, regardless of what others tell you.

Gender Roles

box 1
  • breadwinner (n.)
  • homemaker (n.)
  • household (n.)
  • husband (n.)
  • nuclear family
  • suburbia (n.)
  • wife (n.)

box 2
  • misogynous (adj.)
  • old-fashioned ≠ modern (adj.)
  • patriarchal (adj.)
  • traditional (adj.)
  • society's beliefs (exp.)
  • sexism / male chauvinism (n.)
  • conform to / with / obey

box 3
  • household chores (exp.)
  • duty / obligation (n.)
  • educate / bring up / raise (v.)
  • instill (v.)
  • keep up / continue (v.)
  • pass on (v.)
  • take care of / look after (v.)

box 4
  • free oneself from (exp.)
  • stand up for sthg. (exp.)
  • stuck in traditions (exp.
  • contest (v.)
  • express (v.)
  • give up (v.)
  • struggle (v.)

box 5
  • modern conveniences (exp.)
  • advertisement (n.)
  • advertising (n.)
  • commercial (n.)
  • marketing (n.)
  • propaganda (n.)

box 6
  • stay-at-home mother / housewife (exp.)
  • college / university (n.)
  • rights (n.)
  • secretary (n.)
  • stewardess /ˈstjuːədəs/ (n.)
  • workplace (n.)
  • earn money) (v.)

On your way to the task ❯❯ Step 1

Write an article about life in the 1950s.

❯❯ Step 2

Record an audition tape.

❯❯ Step 3

Write a review on

❯❯ Your final project

Discuss a new ad campaign inspired by the 50s. Advocate against sexism and gender stereotyping.
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