With the media constantly invading the lives of woman with these type of images, it is no wonder teens begin to believe in the standards, of what woman should look like, set by the media. In the media, “Woman‘s physical beauty [is] emphasized” (Schooler, 754). This causes teens to strive to look like the people they see in the media, even though the media sets unattainable standards. There are specific gender roles that the media tells us are acceptable. Woman are always portrayed as sex objects, waiting to be taken advantage of by men.
Consumer products play a huge role in socialization. Setting gender specific toys displays what boys and girls are allegedly supposed to like and dislike. For example, baby dolls being geared toward girls unconsciously sets their minds to believe it is a woman’s duty to care for the children. This is why it is normal to see a woman taking care of the children and it for some reason is odd to see a man taking care of children. Boys are more associated with sports and other hands on activities which gives them the gender role of fixing things or being the muscle in certain situations.
They have to deal with sexuality and advances from men based on their gender. They learn to cope and deal with motherhood and the trials that go along with having babies which sometimes can take tolls on their bodies even making them feel unwanted at times. That is why I would say that in general girls are better and smarter than boys even though they may not have the physical strength of boys they defiantly are the stronger minded due to their ability to adapt to or overcome most obstacles of life. Americans also hold many ideas about race. Some may believe in an old fashion way as “Only intermingle with your own kind”.
Society has this expectation of girls to grow up being feminine and boys to be masculine. Parents help to create an emphasis on gender roles by regulating behaviors and things their children interact with. For example, one role that is commonly depicted today is a daddy’s little girl. A daddy’s little girl gets what she wants and is expected to be sweet, pretty, and obedient. All things nice are what apparently seem to be represented by girls.
Foot binding was something that started being practiced, and the girls who were from four to six years old had to start going through the same pain. Mothers and grandmothers didn’t try to stop this, instead they had to bind their own daughters feet ( Smith, n.d.). This is the age where kids are suppose to be happy and not worry about pain, but China had something else in mind. “Foot binding would occur in a ritualistic ceremony accompanied by other traditions intending to ward of bad luck” ( Schiavenza, 2013). The main reason that their was no one who spoke up, was that this was starting to be more and more widely known, which made it impossible to stop.
In particular, it will focus on how dominant norms surrounding masculinity and femininity are encouraged. These norms suggest what is considered an acceptable male and female appearance. It will also focus in particular on gender norms which female attractiveness is above all else, while men are valued for their other characteristics. The following case study is on the analysis of women and the use anti-aging products. Growing old is a way of life, but for women in modern society it is a grim reality, the aging process cannot be stopped, but thanks to anti-aging adverts, it leaves the impression that the aging process can be slowed down.
Both genders had many restrictions, most of them being women. A myriad of preposterous unwritten rules such as how women couldn't wear trousers, or how women should know how to embroider were embedded in the culture and society of those days, restricting their choices in life, all because they were women; their gender set up their life, chose their path and defined their very state of being. However, should gender have truly been able to define your very own identity? An excerpt Charlotte Brontë wrote in Jane Eyre asserts very wisely: “...women are supposed to be very calm generally: but women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties, and a field for their efforts, as much as their brothers do; they suffer from too rigid a restraint,
How do agents of socialisation influence gender identities in children? We are all the products of socialisation, the way that we behave and everything that we do is a model of what society wants. This process of moulding begins from birth and it is our parents, being the primary agent of socialisation, that influence us the most. However, other agents such as education, media etc. all have a great part to play as well.
Whereas girls are dressed more to be cute/ pretty representing their subordination and dependency because their clothing is not as liberating as the boys they need to depend on others to help them get around. Gender is meaningless removed from social context. From birth children are taught through a dialectical process of acculturation that males are superior to females. The acculturation expresses male dominance which serves to validate the hierarchy. This hierarchy is persevered still in today’s society; examples are presented in advertisement,
Gender identity, including the codes associated with males and females, is a social and cultural construction with strong influences from parents, peers, and the media. The first and foremost influence on gender identity development occurs within the family as parents instill their personal beliefs about gender in their children. Parents create different environments for their daughters and sons even as babies. Bedrooms are decorated according to gender-appropriate colors and themes. Infant boys are dressed in blue, while baby girls are dressed in pink.