The parents of these young pageant girls force them to wear pounds of makeup, spray them with fake tanning spray, buy fake teeth to cover up their baby teeth, wax their eyebrows, and encourage them to eat very little so they can be as thin as possible. Children learn very early on to categorize themselves by gender which is a social construct created by society. Girls are taught to act feminine, perform feminine tasks, and to present themselves as objects to be viewed. Boys are expected to be masculine, tough, and athletic. Learning plays a huge role in assuming gender differences.
Many may argue that the way Jamaica’s mother spoke to her was “verbally abusive” but in reality her mother was showing her how to prepare for the world and everything in it. For example, one quote from the short story on line #35-38 when the mother says “this is how to bully a man; this is how a man bullies you; this is how to love a man; and if this doesn't work there are other ways, and if they don’t work don’t feel to bad about giving up.” This quote is important because the mother is teaching her daughter from personal experience, and you can tell from what she says that she has had a bad experience with men. The mother has obviously been through a relationship where she was “bullied” by a man and is teaching her daughter from that mistake because she doesn’t want her to go through the same situation. She tells her daughter “this is how to bully a man” so she’s basically saying this is how to not let a man walk all over you. Jamaica’s mom is only being a mother by teaching her daughter right from wrong and preparing her for life and the people in it.
Smiley says, “Both of them learned how to put makeup before kindergarten” (376). Smiley’s daughters learned to apply makeup; however the writer did not know who taught them, until she blamed to Barbie as the influence of their girls. Smiley realized that her daughters were trying new things, such as applying makeup. She did not argue with her girls; instead she let her girls to experiment with makeup or perhaps other things as they grow up. Next, Jane Smiley says that girls start to discover and develop their femininity while playing with Barbie dolls.
By the 1990s Sharpe went back to the same school and interviewed girls again and they had changed their priorities to careers and being able to support themselves by being more dependent rather than relying on a husband. Sue Sharpe has contributed to giving us an understanding of the way girls ambitions have changed, without this people would still assume women would want to grow up and be a housewife; looking after their children and doing domestic labour. A similar research was carried about by Becky Francis who asked girls about their career ambitions in 2001, most girls had
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.
Girls are “adopting external cues of womanhood” before they even hit puberty, through the marketing of beauty products and mature clothing. This trend has migrated to ever-younger age groups, and the scheme of finding every inch of a girl’s body to adorn contributes to the “eroticization of girlhood.” Fifteen years ago, there was a large distinction between “girl” and “woman,” as the appropriate clothing choice for six year olds were overalls and turtlenecks, while their mothers were the ones wearing nail polish and thigh-highs. As the years go by, however, implicit fashion trends have brought together the two styles, causing female youth to embrace their sexuality at an increasingly
Describe your gender identity My gender identity is female. Discuss what messages (verbal and nonverbal, social, from institutions, family, media, etc.) you received about your gender. Give examples (such as what childhood experiences reinforced them?) Growing up I was always told that the woman is supposed to be the comforter.
Being the oldest means you have set the example for your younger siblings. This holds especially true for my youngest sister, she mimics me to the smallest details. As many other older sisters or brothers can relate to I have found my younger sisters copying hairstyles, outfits, and sayings. One evening I came downstairs with a side ponytail and a red shirt with pajama pants, my sister took a look at me and ran upstairs. This followed by her coming downstairs proudly with a side ponytail and an outfit extremely similar to mine.
“Barbie-Q” In “Barbie-Q” Sandra Cisneros writes a creative, childlike reality in a short story. The setting takes many girls back to their younger years when they would have play dates and dream about the new Barbie’s being released. With the point of view of children excited for any toy they can play with brings back many memories for people and she can reminisce about their childhood. The plot shows the struggles of a family who may not be able to afford more than the next family which is why the girls only have one a piece. The setting being so life like can be a familiarity for so many women.
Many working women start the job early due to financial needs of their family. There can be various reasons women prefer going to work rather than taking care of the home. Children of working mother start doing their own work themselves from childhood as compared to children of non-working mother. Children of non-working mother depend on their mother evens for small needs. For example, if a child of non-working woman needs any toy to play, he asks his mother to give him that toy.