Children 's Literature Vs Race Essay

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Children’s Literature VS Race/Gender Roles

From the day of our birth to the day of our death we are constantly influenced by the people and the world around us. From these influences around us, we learn how to dress and act according to our culture. A gender role is a combination of both social and behavioral norms that, within a specific culture, are widely considered to be appropriate/fitting for individuals of a specific sex. Common gender roles in our culture are how an individual should dress, act, and their personal interests/hobbies. Each sex has a certain way of presenting themselves in our culture as a boy and as a girl. Boys are influenced towards messy or dirty activates with large amounts rough play, while girls are influenced to be clean or tightly while also being gentle and caring. Gender role influences start far before our own births, names and gifts already guide us down the path of these gender roles. Our culture’s views of gender roles are constantly changing with every generation, yet we still follow the roles of gender. Before television became a common household item, children would often turn to radio and books for pleasure. The plots of radio and book stories often follow a strong male hero or a beautiful young princess that needs saving. Then as many children do, they tend to aspire to be just like their story book hero’s. The stories we hear as kids are a big influence to gender roles even if we are often not aware of it. To illustrate the power…

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