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Socialisation refers to “the lifelong social experience by which people develop their human potential and learn culture”. (Macionis, 2012)
In the society we live in today there is a strong difference between what is considered “boy” and what is considered “girl”. This is because from the time we are born, to the time we die we are expected to conform to a gender role. Gender socialisation is the development for boys and girls to be socialised differently. Boys are raised to conform to the male gender role, and girls are raised to conform to the female gender role. “Behaviors, attitudes, and personality characteristics are gender roles, which are expected and encouraged of a person based on his or her sex”. (Spark Notes, 2017) “Today it is essentially believed that most gender differences are attributed to differences in socialisation, rather than genetic and biological factors”. (Boundless, 2017). By gender socialisation, the simplest explanation is the process of learning what it means to be a male or female in the society, in which gender stereotypes and bias are usually involved. For example, boys should be tough, brave, strong, sporty, while girls on the other hand are soft, moody, passive, and allowed to cry. And another example girls are expected to be clean and quiet, while boys are messy and loud.

“Gender socialisation appears very early in childhood, and it is generally regarded as one of the most related issues.” (Early Childhood, 2007) Children learn the

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