Gender influences a child developmentally, cognitively, physically and so-cially and emotionally in many ways. Gender can be biologically influenced or environmentally influenced. The most common ways that influences gen-der in our world today is parents, peers and social media. There is always something that is helping to influence gender. Commercials on television even have an impact on gender. For example, a commercial that is adver-tising the newest barbie on the shelf is targeted towards girls and many times you hear a little boy say “I want that” and a parent say no you don’t that is for girls. Everything is labeled for girls or for boys and the advertise-ments are targeted towards each gender. Growing up I always believed that gender was biologically driven and while that is true in the majority of cases there is also a part that is driven by then environment as well. Gen-der is more openly discussed and debated these days where as 20 years ago it was not. In fact it was something that was hush hush if there was a
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