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As people grow, they are indelibly influenced by those around them. Regardless of what research may suggest about gender and gender roles, many tend to think the same way their family, neighbors, or religious community think. Generally, this pattern of thinking follows societal views and expectations. When people violate these expectations, it can affect their development and their behavior. Often, their self-esteem is impacted by the way others’ perceive them. For this Discussion, listen to the story of “Oliver’s Pink Bicycle.” Then, reflect upon your childhood. What do you remember about thinking, or behaving, in a way that was inconsistent with societal expectations? Consider how others in your environment viewed this and what they might have said about it.
Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 7 minutes.
-Braly. J. (2002). Oliver’s pink bicycle [Audio file]. Retrieved from http://themoth.org/posts/stories/olivers-pink-bicycle
Required: Cite reference in paper
-Zastrow, C. H., & Kirst-Ashman, K. K. (2013). Understanding human behavior and the social environment (9th ed.). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole.
Submit a 3 page paper in which you reflect on your childhood and identify a time when you behaved in a way that was inconsistent with society’s views or expectations of gender. How was gender identification explicitly, or implicitly, stated? Comment on the verbal and nonverbal messages received about supporting or defying societal gender norms. Finally, explain the consequences of those messages about gender roles and gender expectations.