Gender Identity And Gender Roles Essay

987 Words Oct 18th, 2015 4 Pages
Gender is a socially constructed component that shapes the society that’s around us. From an early age, children are taught what a little boy is and what a little girl is and how each should act. Gender Identity is the knowledge that one knows if they are male or female. From an early age, children know many differences between themselves and their peers, although it might not be as defined in a way of actual biological differences. Mainly children see gender differences based on what roles they are exposed to. The book definition of gender role is a cluster of traits and behaviors that are considered stereotypical of males and females. Gender roles are very heavily constructed to the point that one person might not want to cross over the designated roles that society has determined for them in fear of being judged by those around them. For example, many people that identify as male might not want to go to a spa to get their nails done in fear of being seen as feminine. Media is a huge outlet for what is happening in the world and are known for containing very prominent gender roles, especially in media for children. In the Disney movie, Cinderella, gender roles are very strong throughout the entire movie. Cinderella is a movie about a young girl who is essentially forever cursed to be the maid of the house of her evil stepmother after her father passes away. When the king throws a ball for his son, he invites all of the maidens of the kingdom to the castle for a grand ball…

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