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Gender Equity Everyone likes to feel as if they fit in to society From a very early age our culture teaches us how to look feel and act in order to belong and avoid being a social outcast Many times acts culture deems to be socially acceptable may not feel natural to certain individuals Fortunately things that were not accepted as appropriate in the past by society are becoming more socially tolerated in the present Societies view as to what are acceptable traits that males and females can possess for them to be considered a man or a woman have changed greatly over time Because the traditional roles of males and females are not as rigid as they once were people are free and more willing to display their true selves and the traits that make them a unique individual Gender roles are learned early in life The importance of conforming to what society believes is correct is stressed to children so that they will be socially pleasing to those around them The essay Becoming a Member of Society Learning the Social Meanings of Gender by Holly Devor talks about the leaning process of gender identity and the effects it may have on an individual Learning to behave in accordance with ones gender identity is a lifelong process As we move through our lives society demands different gender performances from us and rewards tolerates or punishes us differently for conformity to or digression from social norms As children and later adults learn the rules of membership in society they come to see themselves in terms they have learned from people around them 421 Children begin to develop to concept of gender around the age of eighteen months Devor 421 Their impressionable young minds acquire a sense of how they are expected to behave in order to be considered a member of their gender Children develop the concept of gender primarily based on physical
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