Cultural Gender And Gender Roles

1904 Words Dec 7th, 2015 8 Pages
Gender is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as the state of being male or female. However after taking Psychology of Gender I would have to say I strongly disagree with this. I believe gender is a socio-cultural construct of female and male identity that shapes how individuals live and interpret the world around them. The older I get the more faults I find in my culture and the gender ideology behind it. Growing up Hispanic in the United States has made a huge impact in my life today, and while I believe it has benefitted me personally, research however seems to prove the opposite. Research today proves that even though these beliefs prove to be changing, the influence Hispanic culture has can negatively affect the way both men and women view their own gender roles and identity. Although research supports the idea of reinforcing negative stereotypes related to cultural gender roles. I also believe that these ideas are changing and will continue to evolve in the future.
I was born and raised in rural Minnesota. I was just like any other teenager in small high school except for the fact that both my grandparents were born and raised in Mexico. The ideology that my grandparents held greatly mirrored that of my parent’s. The way I was raised greatly benefitted me and I would not have it any other way. However as research continues to prove Hispanic culture can have a negative effect. This paper is meant to generalize the Hispanic culture rather than to stereotype the entire…
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