Essay Gender Roles - Megan Gillis October 5 2011 W 130...

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Megan Gillis October 5, 2011 W 130 – Essay #2 Professor Laura Pimienta A New Look At Men and Women How do children learn they are supposed to be? They learn from their mothers, their fathers, the important people in their lives. They are taught at a young age what a boy is to do and not do and what a girl is to do and not do. The important role models in these young people’s lives are referred to as a “significant other”, one who is prominent in the formation of another’s definition of self, according to Aaron Devor. Devor, who wrote “Becoming Members of Society: Learning the Social Meanings of Gender” in Rereading America , faced some incredible complications: he was actually born in a female body. He was conditioned into believing that even though he was a male trapped in a female’s body, he needed to “deal” with it and be the woman that he was born to be. Similarly, Judith Ortiz Cofer, who wrote “The Story of My Body”, had to come to grips with being different than all of the girls around her. She was born in another country and when she came to America, she was faced with many difficult situations where she had to prove herself to her peers and understand her self-worth. People are born as male and female sexes, but it is their own choice what to do with those titles. Females will not always become the women they were born to be and males will sometimes choose a different path than being a macho man. When people are born, they are born as either male or female, however, it is learned behavior to be a man and a woman. They are taught by their parents, their friends and family members, and their culture the appropriate way for a “man” and a “woman” to act and perform.
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