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While I was growing up gender roles were highly defined by my parents and teachers as well as all other societal influences Boys were taught to do boy things and girls were taught to do girly things The toys that children play with and the activities that are encouraged by adults demonstrate the influence of gender roles on todays youth In my formative years the masculine traits that I learned came out because of the activities that my parents had me engage in and the things that they expected from me The expectations that my parents held for my sister on the other hand varied from those that they had for me and this was made apparent through the different activities that occupied her time My parents treated us in completely different regard We had different toys different friends and we were supposed to like different things When I got hurt my parents would say things like shake it off or that didnt hurt that much but when my sister would cry they would give her attention and pull her aside to take care of her I got into a lot more trouble throughout my life than my sister and this was in part overlooked as the boys mischievous nature I played with GI Joes and He-Man action figures while my sister played with Barbie Dolls I remember when she and I would play together and the GI Joes would be married to the Barbie Dolls When I made the action figures fight over the Barbie Dolls my sister would always get mad She was more interested in the wedding ceremony My parents always encouraged me to do things like skateboard ride my bike or take karate classes My sister would jump rope or hullahoop I remember when my sister wanted to skateboard because I was doing it and my parents would not
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