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The paper shows how from childhood, people are already influenced by cultural standards outlining expected behavior and social expectations. The paper discusses how men and men's roles are typically associated with strength and dangerous occupations while women and women's roles are more often associated with tenderness, care and nurturing pursuits. The paper also looks at how media commercials promote both negative and positive gender roles. The paper concludes that fortunately, this trend of gender socialization is changing as society is becoming more liberal in the roles played by both men and women.
From the Paper:"According to Wayne W, Margaret A L (2005, p.334), the words gender and sex are used to mean almost the same things. However they have different meanings, the term sex can be said to refer to the anatomical structure of the reproductive organ while gender refer to the social and psychological condition. Gender socialization happens when people are taught cultural roles based on their sex. Boys and girls are treated differently by people in their own environment like parents, siblings and caregivers. This provides a forum whereby individuals learn the difference between boys and girls, women and men (Charlotte K, Ann, S. S. 2006, 78). Parents also contribute to gender socialization by having gender based expectations for their children. For instance, giving children gender-specific toys like baby toys to girls and a toy tractor to a boy."
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