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Gender role socialization is the process of learning the expectations of the society in
terms of attitude and social expectations about one's gender. It is one of the most pertinent issues
in gender affecting both girls and boys in early childhood. For instance, most house chores are
regarded as girls’ roles while boys are known to do most manual work. The differences in
interpretation of social roles lead to inequality especially among women and girls. Gender
socialization differences result from the children’s peer interactions, schooling and parental
attitude. Besides, the mass media plays a crucial role in determining the society perception of
social roles between girls and boys. In addition, it makes them conform to different gender roles
in the society. Children face various factors in the society that determine their attitude,
perceptions and behaviors in adolescence and adulthood. In the Oliver’s Pink Bicycle, Jeremy’s
father says he had learnt that children should take tastes of their parents from his mother. He
applies this to his son, which does not work out.
Thesis: Despite the society’s perception and pressure directed to females to conform to norms, I
have been leading a life that can be appreciated by both males and females. I have personally
resisted this pressure and always partaking what makes me feel contented and happy rather than
what is expected of females.
In this essay, I will handle gender socialization by looking at culture in assigning roles,
and impacts of environment on socialization, social beliefs, norms, and behaviors on
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My personal account of gender role in socialization
I come from a family where I am the only female child. More so, I am the youngest of the
three, and this gave me a humble time to spend with parents when my brothers were sent to
boarding schools. My parents expressed more love to me compared to my brothers when they
came back. When my father left to his garage where he was a mechanic, my mother took
advantage of that chance to teach me several things that were expected of me as a girl by the
society. She went on to favor me over my brother when they were at home. However, I felt more
attached to my brother and any time she presented a favor to me I objected since I was aware it
would strain my relationship with my best friends; my brothers. My mother cuddled me more
than she cuddled my brothers, and she always insisted I was to spend most of the time in the
house and kitchen when my brothers were out trying new things. However, I felt discontented in
all these aspects. Like Jeremy, I felt I needed to follow my ‘pink,' which I saw in my brothers.
When I went to school, I saw this as a favorable chance to practice what I loved. My two
brothers were soccer fans and as long as my mother tried to prevent me from copying them, I
became lost in soccer. In the school, I among few girls who express interest in soccer where I am
not only a player, but also a follower of European leagues where I support Arsenal Football
Club. This fanaticism developed because of close links with my brothers who were football fans.
However, it took time for me to win their heart since they always viewed me as a traitor, an
aspect that is associated with women in my culture. I had to destroy all my dolls as sign of
leaving aspects associated with women behind me. I became interested in cars and this has
shaped up my hobby of playing football and being a football fan. More so, the close association
shaped up my career choice where I chose to venture a male dominated sector of computer
science. My story can be likened to Jeremy’s story who selects a pink bike, an aspect that
amazed his parents, as they knew that the pink colour in the society is for girls. The sales
representative recommended a red or blue colour for the boy’s bike, but he insisted on the pink.
It is a clear indication of how the parents had a wrong perception by associating pink colour to
the female gender only.
I would suggest that parents should always raise their children in a manner that
discourages them to identify certain roles or behaviors to boys or girls. The environment for
raising children determines their gender socialization in future. In addition, I would suggest that
the cultural settings of the society changes to the extent of generalizing certain roles and colors
without being gender-specific. In the story, Oliver’s Pink Bicycle, Jeremy likes pink color, a
color associated with girls. His father who wished his son could accept his red taste does not
force him to conform to his taste
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Chafetz, J S. Handbook of the sociology of gender. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum
Publishers, 1999. Print.