Why Boys Don 't Play With Dolls And Our Barbies, Ourselves, By Jamaica Kincaid

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Having the opportunity to read many essays such as "The Man We Carry in Our Minds" by Scott Russell Sanders, "Girl" by Jamaica Kincaid, "Why Boys Don 't Play with Dolls" by Katha Pollitt, and "Our Barbies, Ourselves" by Emily Prager, it has been amazing for me. Now, I could better understand about how life would be much easier or much harder for many people through generations. In this paper, I want to argue and discuss about if biological, social, and cultural factor are important in shaping gender role. Also, I want to explore how females or males are more restricted by conventional gender role. Briefly, I would like to analyze some key point before giving my own opinion about what this essay will treat. Thinking about the biological, social and cultural factor, gender role, and conventional gender role, I believe is important to understand the meaning of these terms. Biological factors are anything that impact or influence the performance and behavior of a human being. They could be the early determinants of human behavior. One example of biological factors, according to Katha Pollitt in “Why Boys Don’t Play with Dolls” is when she referred to “small cognitive differences between the sexes” in the second paragraph. Social factors are the facts of life and experiences influencing the personality, the attitude, and the lifestyle of an individual. In other words, these factors affect the way in which people think; and how they behave in social situations. For instance, in “The Men We Carry in Our Mind,” Sanders wrote this essay based on his own experiences to let the readers know about his point of view in different situation through his life. Cultural factors are the beliefs, values, traditions, customs, laws, and language founde... ... middle of paper ... ...ir son to play some sports such as baseball and volleyball, and how to fix a broken car. Women are more sensible with their children; Men are stronger when teaching their children. In conclusion, I invite people to read about "The Men We Carry in our Minds," "Why Boys Don 't Play with Dolls," "Girl," and "Our Barbies, Ourselves" because all of these essays have important messages that the authors transmitted to the readers. After reading these essays. I am sure that people can understand better about how biological factors, social factors, and cultural factors are important in shaping gender role. Also, people can explore how females or males are more restricted by conventional gender role from generation to generation. Reading these essays was wonderful and amazing for me because through them I could learn more and better from a different point of view.

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