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Gender Role Socialization

Define gender role socialization.
Think back to when you were a child. What were some of the things that your caregivers did or said that shaped the gender roles you experienced (ie. toys, activities, chores, styles of dress or hair, terms used to describe you, etc.)? Were/are there any areas that you rejected in attempts to socialize your identity as more masculine, feminine, or gender neutral? Use examples to illustrate your answer. If you had a sibling of the other sex, were there differences in how your caregivers treated each of you? Explain.
Identify areas where masculine or feminine stereotypes have affected your life as an adult today. Explain. Do you generally accept traditional gendered roles and do you expect others to do the same? Why or why not? Be sure to use examples to help illustrate your answers.

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