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Comm and Gender Journal Entry

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Journal Entry #1: Self-Identity In Chapter 7, “Becoming Gendered: The Early Years,” it explains how families play an essential role on children’s gender identity. In the beginning of the movie, “She’s the Man,” Amanda Bynes’ mother tries really hard to gender Amanda into a woman by persuading her to wear the pink puffy dress to the debutante ball. Amanda’s mother was pleased to discover that Amanda’s high school girls’ soccer team has been cut. Even though Amanda’s request to join the boys’ soccer team has been denied, this did not prevent her from continuing to pursue her dream in playing soccer. I think it’s interesting how parents’ communication towards their children often reflect the parents’ gender stereotypes. In our class discussion, we mentioned how parents often reward or punish their child based on the stereotypical way that he or she is supposed to act. For instance, girls are often rewarded for being cooperative and nurturing while being punished for being assertive and athletic. Even in the twenty-first century, women are allowed to have their own careers but still be in charge of most of the housework. Furthermore, they are still expected to maintain their youth and beauty. I feel as women are expected to go above and beyond in society nowadays. When Amanda Bynes went to the formal luncheon with her mother, all the women were well-behaved and dressed femininely. The women at the luncheon were taught at a young age to dress well, be slim, and look pretty. Though Amanda put on a dress, she wasn’t well behaved in terms of her dining etiquette. Therefore, people started to look at her strange because they already possessed a stereotypical concept of how women should act and behave. Journal Entry #2: Relationships
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According to Chapter 9, “Gendered Close Relationships,” there are two models of personal relationships. The Male Deficit Model indicates that men are less skilled in developing and sustaining personal relationships than women. However, I think that may true for the majority of the men, but the difference in cultures also plays an essential role in terms of how men act in personal relationships. For instance, my boyfriend grew up in a Latin American culture, and he was raised to be more sensitive than other men in intimate relationships.
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