Essay on Gender Roles 2

2205 Words Sep 24th, 1999 9 Pages
The Psychological Effects of Gender Roles “Let the boys be boys.” You’ve heard this phrase before. Often repeated by parents regarding their little boys. So what makes a boy, a boy? Rambo like characteristics? Muscles? Short hair? Wearing blue? Wearing T-shirts and jeans or playing with sporting equipment? Well last I remember, the main characteristics boys shared were penises. The role gender association play in the lives of our children can sometimes affect them negatively. The messages that gender roles send, is that in order to be part of society, you must fit into the norm or the status quo or most importantly what society deems as acceptable. But all the while, trying to incorporate individuality and …show more content…
That is about the age gap where many boys would like to play with dolls but are discouraged especially by their fathers to do so. If they are allowed to play with dolls, they learn how to care for the dolls and treat them well, and those are the practices females carry on into motherhood. Surpassingly, in a class room experiment done with a doll called Baby, Think Again, which is a computerized doll, which is programmed to cry at certain times of the day for certain reasons, male participants were vary successful with their “child”. The computer can tell someone how many times the baby cried, what the“mother/father” didn’t or did do correctly. Orland Richard’s from Project Promise, a program geared towards adolescence, said that when he comes into the classroom and tells his students that 65% of males who impregnate their girlfriend arrant there to help with the baby after their birth and he tells them that they have a responsibility, they try so much harder and care for their “baby” more intensely than some of the young women in the class because they have so much to prove. “ They come in the next day and wait for me tom open the computer to see if the lights are blinking, and they arrant. They even say, ‘See Mr.Richards, I can be a good father.’ The funny thing is that they

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