Influence Gender Roles

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Parents’ Perception on Gender Spectrum. In a society that is negatively rich with gender biases and stereotypes, children eventually resort in adopting gender roles which does not necessarily give fair perception to both sexes. Children who are exposed to both internal and external factors shape their attitudes and behaviors towards traditional gender roles as they move through stages of adolescence and ultimately in adulthood. Witt (1997) argued that these attitudes, character, and behaviors are learned at firstly at home which are then heightened by the school experience, child’s friends or peers, and television viewing and other external factors after social bonds are formed outside a family setting. However, it is primarily the family setting that strongly influences the child’s gender role development. The children’s parents tend to pass on, their own beliefs and biases about gender roles to their sons and daughters. This mapping of the parental influence impact ultimately suggests that a gender role orientation that is androgynous is more favorable to children than strict use of traditional gender roles. In their early years, children are already exposed to what society thinks of what each gender means. Through a variety of activities, opportunities, encouragements, social support, discouragements and negative views, overt behaviors and attitudes, covert suggestions and opinions, and various forms of guidance and support, children experience the process of gender role

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