Role Of Gender Socialization

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Gender roles— or social roles encompassing behaviors and attitudes that a society considers acceptable, appropriate, or desirable for people based upon their actual or perceived sex or sexuality— are undeniably prevalent across cultures (being defined as a sum of attitudes, customs, and beliefs that distinguishes one group of people from another). The process of socialization is the process by which people gain knowledge of group characteristics as well as the knowledge, skills, attitudes, values, norms, and actions thought appropriate for each member; involvement in gender socialization particularly deems it requisite for people to acquire a concept of the “gender map,” which stands as the cumulation of paths societies have deemed fitting for people of different genders. Developing children are more often than not exposed to agents of socialization— influences upon interpretation of self, beliefs, emotions, and other orientations toward life in the form of people or groups— that steer them in the direction of separate, ideal, and gender-dependant divergences in paths. Family, peers, and mass media are several examples of agents that catalyze gender socialization. From birth, gender is assigned and often broadcasted through even subtle aspects of the baby’s life, ranging from ‘appropriate’ colors such as pink or blue and clothing to pronouns used for the child. Childhood often presents the opportunity to join clubs or teams, either by choice or guardian prodding, that vary
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