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Gender Socialization is an aspect that enormously affects all individuals I feel I have been influenced by social and cultural processes and not by genetics When we are brought into this world we have no knowledge of how a male or female should act Rather it is our surroundings that construct our thoughts and actions Genetic identity is lost because of the powerful manipulation of family friends school sports and the media which are known as agents of socialization Such agents are the persons groups or institutions that teach us what we need to know in order to participate in societyKendall 2000117 We easily adopt certain behaviors which lead to character development and outline who we become as individuals With gender socialization embedded into our cultures it is difficult for a male to display female traits without being ridiculed or out-casted thereby increasing the degree to which a male is stereotyped As a little boy my parents molded me into the typical boy figure Gender expectations were quickly encouraged through clothing and activities For example my clothing was more masculine and casual rather then dainty and frilly While growing up my parents continued to instill masculine traits in me through my duties around the house I was taught at an early age how to mow the lawn and also how to be constructive in everyday activities Being raised in a predominantly gender biased household with four males and one female I have learned gender roles which are appropriate for a European male A male is traditionally expected to demonstrate aggressive behavior and solely provide for his family I will never be expected to cook clean or be submissive towards others and I accept a lot of these traits because of gender socialization Peers help children learn prevailing gender role stereotypes as well as gender appropriate and - inappropriate behaviorKendall 2000349 I feel that when exposed to peers of your own age your parents influence
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