Family Structure On Gender Socialization In The South African Family

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Introduction
Gender socialization is the process of learning the social expectations and attitudes associated with one 's gender or sexuality. Males and females essentially behave in different ways because they are taught and learn different social roles when growing up. For example, girls learn to do different household chores than boys; girls learn to clean and bake while boys learn to take out garbage and mow lawns.
In all societies humans are to some extent differentiated according to gender. This gender differentiation is apparent in our cultural expectations about how men and women should behave.
In our assignment we aim to discuss the influence of family structure on gender socialisation and gender identity. Furthermore, we aim to discuss gender issues confronting South African families due to non-typical family structure.

How family structure influences gender socialisation
Gender socialisation is a process in which people in a society gradually internalise cultural expectations about how they should behave based on their gender. In time children come to accept these expectations as their own. Family structure plays an important role in the socialisation of children as it helps children to appropriate themselves into theirs expected gender roles. Boys are raised to conform to the male gender role, and girls are raised to conform to the female gender or role
A gender role is a set of behaviours, attitudes, and personality characteristics expected and encouraged

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