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Gender Socialization and Gender Roles

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Gender Socialization and Gender Roles Henslin (1999:76) contends that "an important part of socialization is the learning of culturally defined gender roles." Gender socialization refers to the learning of behavior and attitudes considered appropriate for a given sex. Boys learn to be boys and girls learn to be girls. This "learning" happens by way of many different agents of socialization. The family is certainly important in reinforcing gender roles, but so are one’s friends, school, work and the mass media. Gender roles are
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Unformatted text preview: reinforced through "countless subtle and not so subtle ways" (1999:76). Examples: Henslin (2004:66) suggests that the fact that parents let their preschool boys roam farther from home than their preschool girls illustrates the how girls are socialized to be more dependent. A parent who buys hi male children trucks while buying his female children dolls is engaging in gender socialization....
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