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Often people feel threatened by things they cant place a label on I believe its just human nature to view something and then try to associate or place a label on it This is very evident in the story of X This is definitely a story written to influence the readers behavior The bold X in the authors writing is a deliberate attempt to confuse the reader The X is in contrast to the rest of the article Although the story of X contains a message of acceptance it also contains connotations that its not ok to be part of the norm The beginning of the story opens with the scientist a permanent group trying to find the right parents to raise baby X To qualify as the parents they would have to basically disregard all the norms and roles that is attributed to families primary group of today When a newborn is brought home in society its customary for the husband to pass out blue cigars for a boy and pink for a girl a type of symbol to communicate gender In the case of X when they arrived at home the friends and relatives primary formal and informal groups didnt know how to react when the Joneses told them X wasnt a boy or a girl but an X The friends and relatives were displaying an authoritarian personality They couldnt say look at her cute little dimples or look at his husky little biceps stereotypes At the same time the Joneses were displaying a Machiavellian personality by not telling them what baby X was They were trying to manipulate the family and friends behavior The scientist also displayed a Machiavellian personality By doing this there is a definite role conflict for the parents Family and friends were put off and confused by their inability to label X a boy or girl As X was growing up the parents had to
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