WordPress has "pages" that will stay in a hierarchy position (you can find it from the front page). It seems to me that some of the communication problems that blog writers have is with definitions. So I'm going to start a "page" that links to posts on "definitions".
The first one I'll define is "gender role".
I've heard a few egalitarians say, "male or female isn't a 'role', it's part of who we are." (or something to that effect).
If you (generic "you") are using the term in an acting (in a play) sort of way. Yes, you are correct, being male or female isn't a role we play. In fact, if you use the word "role" as a stand alone phrase, you would still be correct
HOWEVER...context, context, context. When we write of "gender roles" we are not referring of acting. The term "Gender role" consists of two words used together that have a specific and SOCIOLOGICAL meaning.
When we write "gender roles", we are referring to an "SOCIOLOGY" term.
A gender role is a set of perceived behavioral norms associated particularly with males or females, in a given social group or system. It can be a form of division of labour by gender. It is a focus of analysis in the social sciences and humanities. Gender is one component of the gender/sex system, which refers to "The set of arrangements by which a society transforms biological sexuality into products of human activity, and in which these transformed needs are satisfied" (Reiter 1975: 159). All societies, to a certain effect, have a gender/sex system, although the components and workings of this system vary markedly from society to society.
So we read here that "gender roles" are not a "faked" or "acted out" part in a play. Gender roles (at least in history) have played a part in meeting the needs of society.
In a Biblical worldview, the gender debate surrounds "complementarian" (although I may choose to use a more descriptive term for what I believe is correct) and "egalitarian" beliefs.