Gender Socialization Is The Societal Expectations And Attitudes Associated With A Person 's Sex

999 Words Feb 8th, 2016 4 Pages
Gender socialization is learning the societal expectations and attitudes associated with a person’s sex. Young girls grow up being taught that having long hair is a very important part of their overall appearance and it will make them more appealing and beautiful to the opposite gender. Society has created a box to fit women into that deems them feminine or attractive to society as a whole. If a woman does not fit into that box they are seen as unattractive or masculine. Ingrid Banks author of Hair Still Matters found that women who wore their hair short were prone to being questioned about their sexuality and were told they lacked femininity. Where in contrast men, who wore their hair long were not questioned on their sexuality but actually praised by society. This article mainly focuses on gender conflict in society and the various concepts that revolve around the idea of gender.
“It’s the hair, isn’t it?” this is a quote from one of Banks’ interviewees from the article. She recalled being asked if she is a lesbian when dancing with her friend who is a women while at a night club. The main problem that Banks’ found while interviewing women was that if they wore a short hair style they were questioned on their femininity and sexuality. This is because to society short hair is associated with masculinity and some feel that these women are trying to display more masculine appearances. Since gender is socially constructed, society has taught everyone from a young age that the…

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