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Gender socialization is the way society shapes our sexual attitudes and behavior through various mechanisms it defines the roles that we as males or females in society are expected to play According to Ann Oakley who first introduced the terms sex refers to the biological divisions into being male or female while gender reflects the parallel and socially unequal division into being feminine or masculine Sex Gender and Society 1972 Sex is therefore can be seen as the biological constructed aspect of differences between men and women As oppose to sex gender can be seen as the socially constructed knowledge values and practices linked to sex based differences mostly by the process of socialization The term gender has been extended since than and not only reflects the individual identity and personality but also at the symbolic level to cultural ideals and stereotypes of masculinity and femininity Gender roles are the societal expectations attached to being male and female Through gender role socialization a person is introduced and taught the behaviors expected to be played by them The home often called gender factory by some sociologists reproduces societys traditional gender roles through parental reinforcement Appelbaum and Chambliss 223 From birth to death males and females are constructed to act according to societys mold of gender identity Parents describe their newborns with adjectives pertaining to traditional gender roles Newborn girls are described as tiny soft delicate and fine-featured while newborn boys are described as strong alert and well coordinate 223 Even during breast-feeding gender divides males are treated rougher and given more milk while females are treated delicately and given less This can best be illustrated by an experiment to show how gender stereotyping enters almost every part of an infant since the day he or she was born The experiment better known as the Sussex experiment tried to unveil how people perceive the way an infant either a male a female should act Infants dressed in
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