When people grow up seeing and having these gender roles shoved in their faces they begin to follow them and tend to judge people who do not. For example, Mays uses his personal experience to show how people are so used to typical relationships that when they see a same-sex relationship they begin to question it (719). In this case, using pathos to support his argument was the right thing to do to help get in touch with the reader's emotions. Furthermore, Eckert and McConnell-Ginet explain how the different treatment really does cause boys and girls to learn to be different by showing different studies done on kids (740). The authors choice to use logos and ethos in this argument helps show the reader exactly how children are taught differently.
As a result, this points out how strongly children are affected when they gradually imitate behaviors that the media is promoting. Throughout childhood, advertisements have the ability to target young minds, leaving children accustomed to damaging behaviors. Specifically, ad’s that promote toys obviously target the younger audience in ways that seem gender appropriate. According to the theory about social learning, not only can they learn through direct experience but also can experience by observation of same-sex models which is caused by television exposure. Authors of The Effects of Commercials on Children’s Perceptions of Gender Appropriate Toy Use claim “girls would be more influenced than boys by the commercials” and how “traditional commercials contained images of women as housewives, mothers, and sex objects, or women performing domestic activities, such as sewing” (Pike & Jennings 2005).
Gender role socialization often reinforces gender inequality because men and women are expected to fulfill their specific “gender roles”. We live in a society where there are only two perceived genders. Gender is implicated in homophobia more generally and in “fag discourse” specifically. In this paper I will talk about the connections between gender and sexuality. The article “What it Means to be Gendered Me” by Betsy Lucal examines how gender is structured and socialized in the US.
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His work also sheds light on why different gender roles are hard for people to accept, due to the way they were brought up, and the culture they are surrounded by (Devor 8). With the belief that gender role behaviors are concrete, teenage boys believe that they must act according to their gender. The idea that teenage boys should act a certain way towards females is usually instilled in them at a young age. According to Devor, “ Femininity must be expressed through modes of… action which communicate weakness, dependency, ineffectualness, availability for sexual or emotional service, and sensitivity to the needs of others” (Devor 6-7). In other words, men have to place women on a lower pedestal because of a woman’s so called “needs” (Devor 6).
Gender inequality is produced by the way that boys and girls are taught differently, within politics, opportunities within education and the workplace and the imbalanced separation of roles within the home (Brym and Lie: 2015). The gender roles that I have learned have allowed me to think that in a social situation, I should agree with the popular view of men and can also be seen in the situation with Niqabi women. Being taught this gender role from an early age allowed me to participate in groupthink without realizing the cause. Furthermore, feminist theory can not only be applied to me as an individual, but also the
A boy should be allowed to play with dolls and kitchenettes, as it will encourage them to become nurturing and caring, while girls should be allowed to play with toys that encourage competitiveness. . By allowing children to play with toys of the opposite sex it teaches them a new skill set. In, the Critical Multicultural Social Work textbook that author’s describe the stigma people experience when they do not confirm to gender roles. I believe that these people feel hurt and ashamed because they feel one way, but are forced to behave in a way differently than what they feel.