RP #2 - Megan Kellen SOC 200 Foundations of Sociology...

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Megan Kellen SOC 200 – Foundations of Sociology Research Paper #2 – September 27 th , 2007 Socialized Gender and Socialization of Exotic Dancers Once a child is born, the first thing that is observed and noted is the sex. Starting at that moment, the newborn will then be treated and raised accordingly. The doctors will pick a pink hat, blanket and booties for a girl, correlatingly, blue items for a boy. Because at this point, it is difficult to tell if a newborn is a boy or a girl, the clothing they are dressed in is often the first clue. The name we are given at this time also often suggests the sex. In Judith’s Lorber’s article, Night to His Day: The Social Construction of Gender , she examines how we are socialized to act, speak, walk, and dress as the sex we are so labeled at birth. Between the birth and puberty of the child, sex does not always play the correct role. Toddlers who are boys will often want to play with “girl” toys and vice-versa. At this in-between stage, aspects other than genitalia are very similar among boys and girls. The way they speak and act are often the same. Until puberty has taken place, adolescent boys and girls often don’t interact because they have been socialized to relate with members of the same sex. This is the
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This note was uploaded on 04/30/2008 for the course SOC 200 taught by Professor Boyd during the Spring '08 term at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

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RP #2 - Megan Kellen SOC 200 Foundations of Sociology...

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