Gender Roles Of Gender And Sex Essay

1597 Words Dec 15th, 2016 7 Pages
Pink, Barbie, princess, jewelry, makeup, dresses, dolls, bows, ballet slippers. All of these items listed and countless more defined my childhood when I was growing up. As soon as we women find out they are pregnant, most of them want to know what the sex of the baby is. In our culture, your sexual organs especially define you and any deviance from them is frowned upon and not widely accepted by society. It wasn’t till recently that our society started to become more accepting of those who identified as a gender other than the one they obviously represent or were assigned too. When I think about what my gender is and what that means to me, I have to ask myself what it was that shaped me, how the roles of gender and sex are assigned in society, and why conformity to societal norms should change. As previously mentioned, much of my early childhood was filled with gender role based toys and activities. You can walk down the toy isle at any store and the toys are very gender role based, where fire trucks and tools are marketed toward boys, and dolls and cooking sets are marketed toward girls. It is only recently that we are starting to see a shift in this, but it still is not enough. Many videos have gone viral of little girls questioning the toys and clothes they are offered and expected to want. They boys get to build with Legos while the girls get to dress up/down Barbies. Even the clothes they are marketed that are marketed toward them have sayings like “Beautiful, Be…

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