When most people think of Armenia there is usually only one thing that pops up, the Armenia genocide. But if you ask someone about the Armenian people, or the men more specifically, most have no clue what to say. Traditional gender roles are still a large aspect of Armenian culture, some changing but most are still the same.
Armenian men stick to the strict gender roles of their community and at home, as do the women, and must maintain their roles or risk being ostracized. While women care for the simple and homely tasks, Armenian men take on the larger and more important tasks such as making decisions for his family, working and paying the bills, and over all jobs of keeping their family provided for. The men must keep their bank account under control, make larger purchases such as a car or another home, and repair things in or on the home are the types of jobs designated to them. They are also in charge of discipline the children and delegating chores. When an Armenian man returns home from work, a meal is expected to be done and ready to be eaten.
When it comes to dealing with his children, an Armenian father has polar opposite ends to stick with. While girls are very well restricted, the boys are encouraged to be out socially and working from the earliest time possible. Fathers must stick to making sure their sons are given nothing but boy’ type toys and tasks, ensure that they start working diligently at a young age to establish responsibility as soon as possible. Roles of Armenian men are far more important in their community than that of the women.
In the community, men are predominately in charge of, associate with, or are members of community administration boards and political parties. As well as being large investors of their own community, Armenian men are also very active in their adoptive countries politics as well to help ensure the advancement of the Armenian community.
There are a larger number of taboo’s concerning Armenian men and their culture. For example while they are aware drunk driving is a bad idea, being a man means they will not give up their keys and most likely drive intoxicated. Armenian men also refuse to participate in household chores, assist in raising the children, or grocery shopping as they are seen as menial tasks.
While the gender roles between Armenian men and women are slowly but surely changing, the role of an Armenian man is by far superior to that of an Armenian woman.