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This paper discusses how aging is a process shared by both men and women alike, however, the differences in gender and cultural affiliations often influence the outcome of this process, and ultimately determine the quality of life of the individual. This paper examines cultural and gender influences on the aging process, and their impact on development and life progression.
From the Paper:"The typical White, Anglo-Saxon, American male is upon birth, assigned masculine characteristics such as aggressiveness, toughness, and "unmanliness" of expressing himself emotionally. He is encouraged to be athletic and discouraged from being "sissy" or sentimental. Throughout his developmental progression he must learn to incorporate these traits into his social interactions, intimate relationships and personal identity. Thus, as the American male ages, he is expected to maintain a the role of the strong, unemotional provider, and must often spend decades of his life attempting to appear strong, and learning to internalize his emotions. Upon reaching middle age, physical factors affect his strength, and often his level of sexual performance (Germaine & Bloom, 1999). This degeneration of his masculinity often brings with it an introspective perception of his life as a whole, and may lead to a re-evaluation of his priorities. The middle-age man often becomes less afraid to express his emotions, and often becomes a more active member in his family, placing a greater value on home-life as he may have reached his work goals or limitations (Lev, 2002). "
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Gender, Culture and the Aging Process (2012, March 03) Retrieved August 18, 2022, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/gender-culture-and-the-aging-process-150533/
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