Manly man - Michael Ward WRA 150 Dr. Vasquez Creating THE...

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Michael Ward WRA 150 Dr. Vasquez Creating THE MAN Gender socialization is not a new concept. For years, both American men and women have experienced all types of gender socialization implied to turn them into mature adults. As we have learned earlier in this unit, exposure to certain board games, television shows, and play items have told women that beauty, cooking ability, and charm overpower wits. Some women conform to these socializations, while others spend their entire lives as nonconforming outcasts. The discussion at hand is not to question whether these gender socializations are improper or correct, but to analyze the retrospective; I will analyze the way in which men struggle, and succeed through gender socialization. Certainly some male socialization strongly reflects that of women; boys, as well as girls are taught certain tactics to attract the opposite sex. Many similarities between gender socialization occur; however, the manly American has many duties to fulfill which his female counterpart does not worry about. Unlike other terms in American culture, most aspects of masculinity are well defined with a strictly unchanged history. Masculinity in the American eyes has forever been the powerful home protector. As many boys are taught to be powerful, thoughts such as homosexuality and job failure are strictly forbidden. Through television, clothes, and sports, we have created a system to create the perfectly straight, successful man which has both its advantages, and disadvantages. Clothing in American culture is a tremendous difference between male and female gender socialization. It is apparently acceptable for women to wear clothing of the
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opposite sex, and pose as a ‘tomboy’; however, it is not the same way with men. While females are not shunned for wearing manly clothes, boys who wear bright colors and
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This note was uploaded on 09/22/2008 for the course WRA 150 taught by Professor Vetne during the Spring '08 term at Michigan State University.

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Manly man - Michael Ward WRA 150 Dr. Vasquez Creating THE...

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