The Article By Sally Mcconnel Ginet And Penelope Eckert

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The article “Learning to be Gendered” co-written by Sally McConnel-Ginet and Penelope Eckert accurately sums up the process of becoming a boy or a girl starting before birth. Children learn to be a boy or a girl from both their family and peers then put their learnings to practice as they become older. Everyday interactions are predetermined by our own gender and our own interpretation of another’s gender. Sex is a physical and mental aspect of one’s character. If asked to place gender in a category of nature vs. nurture, Sally and Penelope provide sufficient evidence that gender is strictly nurture. Children’s clothes are immediately gendered from the pink or blue blanket you get at the hospital all the way to Babies “R” Us. A tradition that once seemed cute, Sally and Penelope, now claim is an unconscious ploy to know the sex without having to ask. They clearly point out the black and white photo of the world—the girl and boy, if you will—then color their film with proof and statistics. For example, the experiment done by Condry and Condry in 1976 tested how adults reacted differently to a babies cry solely based on what gender they believed the baby to be. According to another study gender does not determine how much a baby cries (Maccoby and Jaclyn 1994). Sally and Penelope explain that, in a way, we as a society are trained to reward gender specific behavior. I imagine it would be hard to disagree with an article that seems based on facts and various studies. At

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