Gender, Social And Cultural Norms

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Gender Messages
Destinee Lockhart
Grantham University The instant a human being is born, he or she is prepped to adhere and fulfill a certain gender role that concurs with the social perception within a particular culture. Therefore, a person is placed into one of the two categories, masculine or feminine, according to his or her sex that predetermines which behaviors and attitudes he or she is to acquire and; more importantly, to display. Consequently, taught gender roles are directly correlated to an individual’s social and cultural standards as well as expectations. Moreover, in many cases, family, school and media are all contributing factors that instill and nurture specific gender socializations and; therefore, seldom encourage gender equality. Gender roles are introduced to an individual since infancy by his or her family and their cultural norms. As a result, the family plays a crucial role in the gender socialization that strives to impart behaviors and attitudes that are characteristics of either a masculine or feminine gender. According to the sociologist Crespi, “Gender socialization is a more focused form of socialization, it is how children of different sexes are socialized into their gender roles and taught what it means to be male or female” (Crespi). This becomes more evident when considering the toys, clothing and in the way a baby or child is addressed or treated by his or her family as well as other individuals. Benokraitis also points out…
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