The (in) visibility on gender perceptions of young students about the role of men and women in the family

  • Alcina Oliveira Martins
  • Maria Nazaré Coimbra
  • Susana Oliveira Sá
  • José António Oliveira


Since the mid-twentieth century, feminist and women's movements in opposition to the dominant ideology, have begun to hold the State responsible for the definition of policies directed to Education, aiming to accelerate and deepen cultural changes.

The woman was no longer confined to her role as a traditional caregiver, dividing her time between out-of-home employment and family responsibilities and child-rearing (Bailey & Graves, 2016).

However, the continuity of beliefs, stereotypes and values is a non-deconstructed reality that still exists today. Its causes are based on the subordination position that the woman occupies in a patriarchal social structure, being seen as a cultural legacy, inserted in the traditional family structure. The difference in power between the sexes, particularly in the space of intimate relationships, is manifested and reinforced in the context of domestic violence, through conjugal violence, based on the exercise of control over the victim (Santamarina, Ayerdi & Odriozola, 2015; Taylor & Jasinski, 2011).