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When studying gender the first task is to clearly define what it is not Gender simply can not be defined by ones anatomy In other words gender is not categorized as male or female Stating this fact is of the utmost importance because most people would define gender in such a way In fact some dictionaries actually define gender as See sex So now that I have withdrawn that determinant I must conclude that gender is something which is determined socially Unfortunately the concept is far too broad to have one clear definition It can be studied in so many different ways and it is because of this that there are a multitude of theories about it Learning about differing theories stimulates ones own beliefs about gender and its usefulness Every sociology litterateur is aware of the socialization theory Socialization and the study of gender are often linked In terms of gender the socialization theory suggests that children are taught to behave a certain way according to their sex Boys are taught to be masculine and girls to be feminine For example parents will often buy boys trucks or army toys and for girls they will buy dolls and playhouse sort-of toys Boys are played with in a rough manner and are taught to tough it out when they get hurt Girls are taught to be more passive and expressive of their feelings Also children learn by observing their parents and the roles that they play Girls love pretending to be the mommy Chores are also divided Those chores that are more masculine are for the boys such as taking out the trash and raking leaves Girls help in the kitchen and with cleaning The socialization theory is accepted by many but it does not account for everything This theory is limiting in that it does not allow one to study gender in a macro sense This theory cannot explain
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