Gender Roles

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Overview What are gender roles? Social Learning theory of gender roles. An example of a real live gender-blender.
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What are gender roles? Gender role: The social role that a person is expected to perform as a result of being male or female. Defines appropriate behavior. Varies by culture.
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Social Learning Theory Assumptions: Gender is an idea created by society. Social structure constrains behavior by the opportunities it offers or denies us.
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Social Learning Theory Proposed mechanisms: We learn through the consequences of our behavior. If we fail to live up to gender expectations we face ridicule, rejection, criticism,etc. Example: Who in the family gets blamed for a messy home?
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Social Learning Theory Proposed mechanisms continued: We also learn through modeling and imitation. Power of the media. Importance of role models. School and peers.
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Social Learning Theory Proposed mechanisms continued : Parents important for teaching gender
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This note was uploaded on 10/19/2009 for the course FSHD 257 taught by Professor Payne during the Spring '09 term at Arizona.

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