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Edwards Taylor Edwards Dr. Henry Tindal AP Language 1 May 2017 It All Starts On the Playground Imagine a scene where 2 little boys are playing around on the blacktop at recess and one of the boys forcefully pushes the other one down onto the ground. Instantly, the little boy on the ground begins to cry and the other child is offended. He yells at the boy below him shouting, “What a sissy. Man up!” Unfortunately, this is not an uncommon scenario. From the ages 5 and up, young boys are taught that they must start to lose the “sissy” act and start to man up, even though they are still children. The most frequent beginning stage of this transformation is the elementary playground. This is when boys start to interact with other boys, form bonds and sooner or later evolve into young men. However, this is also when boys start to lose the “feminine,” or sensitive side of their personality. This is when other peers start to shave away bits and pieces of the emotional qualities that the young boys hold. They are forced to realize that if they show too much feelings,
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