The Cycle Of Socialization By Bobbie Haro Summary

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Journal #2Journal #2 I like to think of myself as a critically-thinking individual who comes to conclusions solely based on personal analysis of the world around me. “The Cycle of Socialization” by Bobbie Haro reminds me that I am largely a reflection of the cultures and spaces I occupy and the family members and institutions who taught and reinforced my norms, values, and dogma. Thinking of my upbringing as “systemic” sheds a different perspective on my realities. When it comes to my socialization as a cis female, most of the messages I received were deeply rooted in Catholicism. I was taught that I had to marry a person of the opposite sex, wait until marriage to engage in sexual intercourse, and eventually have children. In reaching…show more content…
“The Cycle of Socialization” by Bobbie Haro reminds me that I am largely a reflection of the cultures and spaces I occupy and the family members and institutions who taught and reinforced my norms, values, and dogma. Thinking of my upbringing as “systemic” sheds a different perspective on my realities. When it comes to my socialization as a cis female, most of the messages I received were deeply rooted in Catholicism. I was taught that I had to marry a person of the opposite sex, wait until marriage to engage in sexual intercourse, and eventually have children. In reaching me about womanhood, my mother adhered to strict societal, cultural and religious messages. In her eyes, a woman cooks and cleans, raises her children, wear dresses and makeup and takes care of the home. This definition aligns with traditional societal stereotypes and expectations of women. As a feminist, I sometimes get embarrassed to admit that I agree with much of what my mother taught me partially because I would like to be a housewife/stay-at-home mother one day. While taking the Implicit Bias Test, I found myself ascribing the genders very easily to their stereotypical careers and family roles. However, I was uncomfortable knowing that it was that simple for me. I felt like I was part of the system that, in my words, “holds women back” by imposing outdated expectations about work and family life on

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