Gender Socialization, Interactionism, And Social Perspectives In The Target

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Gender socialization begins before the baby is born. Upon finding out the sex of the baby, parents start pondering about how the child’s comportment, appearance should be and his/her interests such as what the child would like to pay with and their sexuality. When the parents are preparing materials for the baby 's arrival they usually associate the color pink with girls and blue with boys. In this society, everyone is conditioned to act a certain way, which is considered proper, and those who practice deviance are severely judged. As a result, parents are forced to concede to the way a girl or boy 's countenance is illustrated in the society. In this paper, data gathered from girls and boys clothing departments in Target will be evaluated …show more content…
A symbolic interactionist studies, “how people make sense out of life and their roles in it,” by attaching symbols to create meaning (Henslin, 1.7 Symbolic Interactionism: In Sum). This can be observed by the way children associate the type of colors and decorations on their clothes to the idea of being feminine and masculine. A female child might connect the color pink and floral patterns illustrated in the data chart as part of being feminine or a girl since that 's what she sees her same-sex peers wear and what is labeled for girls in the stores. A boy would feel the same way about blue and plain clothes. Functionalists believe that society is composed of different parts and stability is reached only when each part does what it is supposed to (Henslin, 1.7 Functional Analysis Sec). Noticeable from looking through the list of clothes from the data is that the girls have the princess, nurses costumes while boys have superheroes and doctor costumes. A functionalist might argue that this is a way to prepare the two genders to do their roles in society; boys are supposed to be doctors and girls nurses if each one do their part in harmony the society as a whole will prosper. However, conflict theorists, who study inequalities within society (Henslin, 1.7 Conflict Theory Sec: Karl Marx and Conflict Theory), might view this division of roles by functionalists as biased or unequal because it tells the genders what they can’t or cannot be. These perspectives have the same effect as clothes on gender socialization and social expectations as they help determine the roles of people in a

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