Unformatted text preview: the way they are “supposed to act”. Roles are learned through interaction with parents, teachers, peers, and media. Parents – transfer values and attitudes regarding how boys and girls should behave. Gender socialization is firmly established by the age of 2 ½. (action figures vs. dolls, sports uniforms or dresses). Family chores are usually divided into boys and girls jobs. Schools – preschool and elementary teachers often encourage different behaviors from boys and girls. Boys tend to be more assertive, calling out answers; girls tend to wait more patiently with hands raised. Schools often dampen female competitiveness. Peers – teens who most closely mirror societies traditional gender roles are given the greatest respect. Feminine boys and masculine girls are assigned lower statuses....
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- Fall '10