Great post for our Gender and Sexuality course by a classmate. The first and the second video show just how aware and saturated that children are with gender roles at a young age. They learn how to label themselves as “boy” or “girl” and what “boys do” and “girls do”. It can become a problem later, especially if they find that they act contradictory to the way they were taught. (If a boy likes to play barbies for example- I’d try to get my Dad to play Barbies with me, his reaction often insulted me. “Barbies are for GIRLS!” and a look of disgust at the fact that I asked him to join me in playing with a “girls toy.” Not only are people limited by their age, they are limited by their gender as well, although it is changing. With jobs for example, males can be nurses, females can be in the police force. Identity in children however, does rely heavily on “girls” and “boys” interests. If they deviate they’re called “weird” or it’s told “that’s not what boys (or girls) like!”
Gender roles have been implemented for many centuries in our society and are still instilled into our younger generations. “The term sex is used to refer to physical differentiation (i.e., male-female) whereas the term gender is used to refer to a social construction (i.e., masculine-feminine)” (Blume, et al, 785). Children are taught at a young age their own gender and the roles that accompany their sex. “In this process of social construction (Berger & Luckmann, 1966; Gergen, 1994), both children and parents contribute to a family’s unique interpretation of sex-typed gender stereotypes, known as gender schemas” (Blume, et al,786).In a short video from youtube it is seen how children at a young age know the differences between genders and when asked about certain tasks they knew which doll to point to, male or female.
Society’s outlook on gender roles covers many subtopics such as identity, looks, and actions that male…
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