Gender Role Development

GenderRole Development

GenderRole Development

Genderroles are reflections of stereotypes in the daily behaviors. They areprimarily developed from childhood. As such, this paper will discussthe effect of parents, peers, religion, teachers, and the media indeveloping the sex roles. Kids are exposed to several aspects thatsway their conducts and attitudes concerning gender responsibilities.These behaviors and attitudes are gained at home and then reinforcedby peers, religion, school experience, community, and the media. Theearly exposure is instigated by parents who usually treat theirdaughters and sons differently. Before the kids can relay what theyprefer, parents create varying environments for girls and boys. Forinstance, within their bedrooms, daughters’ room are decorated inpink or other bright colors that are deemed girlish. On the otherhand, the boys’ rooms are ornamented in dark colors such as blue.Apart from that, girls are encouraged to play with dolls as boys aregiven footballs and cars [ CITATION All14 l 1033 ].

Oncethe roles are gained at home, they are enforced by the peers. Attender ages, kids prefer to play with friends that are similar tothem. This is because, for boys they are more active, physical, andplay in larger spaces. As for the girls, they are more prosocial,compliant, and play closer to the adults. Teachers and religion alsoplay a role in this development. For instance, when assigning dutieswhether in church or at school, students are divided according totheir sex. The society further imposes the roles through the media.For example, aspects of advertisements, films, and television createdistinctive roles for males and females. In shopping stores, thedistinction between girls and boys is further elaborated. The wordsand design of boxes utilized to label the toys can differentiatebetween girls and boys. The toys that target boys have words like“speed, force, hydraulics, adventure, actions, race, and power,”ascribed in large fonts. On the boxes’ cover, rough designs anddark colors are used to identify with the boys. The wordings ongirl’s toys primarily revolve around “house, fashionista, bestfriends, and smiles,” inscribed in swirly, cute pink. Puppy dog,Barbie, the Bella Sera Horse, and Polly Pocket are some the targetinggirls [ CITATION All14 l 1033 ].

Inconclusion, gender roles are usually instigated at home and enforcedthrough peers, the media, and society as a whole. As illustratedabove, all these aspects contribute to the different notions aboutdistinctive responsibilities between the males and females.


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