How does playright Tennessee Williams use the character's actions, description, or words to make a strong statement about gender in our society?
He is an individual who is not only loyal to his friends and is passionate about his wife, he also possesses masculinity, which shows through his work and fighting.
"Pig—Polak—disgusting—vulgar—greasy!—them kind of words have been on your [Stella's] tongue and your sister's too much around here! What do you two think you are? A pair of queens?" (8.14)
Stella starts giving him orders in Scene Eight and telling him to clean up the table after dinner and stop eating so messily. Stanley takes this treatment as Stella attacking his manhood; he's the dominant one; she shouldn't be ordering him around.
Tennessee Williams uses Stella's intruding behavior into Stanley's masculinity to show that gender roles are prominent in society and some even become defensive if their way of life is altered.
STANLEY:Catch! STELLA:What? STANLEY:Meat! [Be heaves the package at her. She cries out in protest but manages to catch it; then she laughs breathlessly. Her husband and his companion have already started back around the comer.]