Sex, Gender And Sexuality

966 WordsJul 23, 20164 Pages
The chapter includes definitions about sex, gender and sexuality. Additionally, it describes a process of gender socialization, gender stratification, and supports these processes by social theories. Each of the provided videos and the article relates to this chapter in many ways. According to the chapter, people learn their roles of males and females through the process of socialization. There are certain guidelines established by society that people follow in acceptable manner. Each person goes through the stages in life and at the each stage he or she learns behaviors that are appropriate for his or her gender (Ballantine 247). If people do not meet gender expectations, negative functions are imposed by other members of society. Society expects boys to be aggressive, independent, strong and competitive. Girls, on the other hand, are expected to be soft, nonaggressive and nurturing (Ballantine 254). “Boys are socialized into the boy code” (Ballantine 252). Expectations for them are more rigid than are those for girls and despite the fact that they experience the same feelings and emotions, boys supposed to repress them. Parents from the “Secret Life of Boys” admitted that they were treating their kids differently so that girls in their family share their feelings and emotions openly, and their son keeps feeling to himself. This way of dealing with stress affected his performance in school and resulted in misbehavior. It is recognized that hidden emotions can be

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