Gender Socialization-Family Guy

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Socialization is learning the ways of society through contact and interaction. There are several agents of socialization. They include Family, work, school and the media. An important part of socialization is to teach gender rolls and norms. In every society, both males and females are taught what is acceptable to do in their society through gender socialization. Gender Socialization is the process in which such attitudes and behaviors are learned that are expected of males and females. This is done in several agents of socialization. Because males and females are taught differently, sexism and stereotypes about the opposite gender exist. Sexism is the mistreatment or discrimination of a person because of their gender. A stereotype is a thought that may be adopted about specific groups individuals or certain ways of doing things, but that belief may or may not be true. In the media, several shows portray the stereotypes that often come alone with gender socialization. A show in particular is Family Guy. Family Guy is an animated comedy about the Griffin family, who lives in Quahog, Rhode Island. The show features several scenes of pop culture references and makes fun of every race as well as celebrities. Gender Socialization is very apparent within the script. Peter Griffin is the ignorant father who does crazy things whenever he wants to and somehow he always finds a way to justify his actions. Lois is Peter's wife, a stay at home mom with no patience for her family's crazy ways. Meg, The oldest of the children, is a social outcast and oftentimes the punch line of her family’s jokes. 13-year-old Chris is a socially awkward teen who is clueless about girls. Stewie is an evil mastermind. His goal in several of the episodes was to kill his mother. Lastly, Brian is the family dog who is the liberal voice of reason on the show. One particular episode is called

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