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Imagine a not so uncommon vignette a 5 year old girl trying on one of moms dresses on her little feet a pair of moms high heel shoes on her lips and all over her face moms burgundy-red lipstick and around her pudgy neck moms pearl necklace Picture this little girl standing in front of her moms vanity mirror with this overgrown dress gathered and dragging behind her her feet lost somewhere in the depths of a pair of evening pumps she is smiling most contentedly at herself obviously pleased with the grown-up smiling back at her What thoughts come to mind as you focus on this little girl What do you feel when you see her silly laughing face Whatever your thoughts they probably would not have been the same had the child just described been a little boy But why would your perceptions change so drastically based on only one minor alteration The answer lies in the fact that gender is not by any means a minor fact in our interpretations of the meanings of behavior Gender is a socially constructed phenomenon that controls directs and affects many if not most of our personal behaviors as well as our daily interactions with others Much of our lives are directly or indirectly governed by the written and unwritten rules and laws of a phenomenon known as socialization from which we have been trained to recognize and understand right from wrong normal from abnormal Inculcation in our society and culture results in commonly understood definitions of what is appropriate and inappropriate male and female behavior These definitions are deeply embedded into our modes of thinking and their influence on our lives is powerful Influence of TV gender images There is a general consensus that the mass media act as important agents of socialization together with the family and peers contributing to the shaping of gender roles I stressed in my previous lecture the
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