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Molding Gender Roles What is gender It is something everyone has but rarely thinks about They know they are either a man or a woman and simply take it for granted Does it mean genetic status as XX or XY or does it mean the sum of our development up until birth Or is it simply the social label applied to us by our birth certificates About Gender In one short essay Women and Men Talking on the Job Deborah Tannen argues that gender roles are defined from our peers when we are children On the other hand in How Men and Women Think Nicholas Wade disagrees saying the difference may be the direct result of men and women brains Most people believe that we learn to behave the way we do while a few argue that behavior is instinctive and predicted by our biology In American societies girls are taught by their family members and peers to act in feminine ways As the child grows it learns that certain expressions of its personality are appropriate to its sexual label while others are not Although times have changed stereotypical images and ideas of women can still be found For instance women are known to be more intuitive emotional and submissive One of the aspects of femininity submission can be developed through the relationship of childs parents In the stereotypical marriage the wife is submissive to the husband When the daughter witnesses this relationship she learns to mirror her mothers behavior However her peers also hold a strong impact on her actions For example when girls act too aggressively they lose acceptance from their peers Tannen discusses these social impacts on girls stating From childhood girls learn to temper what they say so as not to sound too aggressive-which means to certain Tannen 553 She adds Being a leader often involves giving directions to others but girls who tell other girls what to do
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