Essay on My First Agent Of Socialization

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As I reflect on my life, I can see numerous situations in which I personally struggled with being female. I never seemed to feel like I was good at being a girl. I also remember feeling sad and/or angry about those feelings. I can now see many reasons behind all of those feelings that I had. My struggle with my gender identity has been apparent in every aspect of my life. It effected the type of person I was/am, the decisions I made, and it impacted every single relationship I have ever had. The key factors that I think contributed to my thoughts and feelings about my gender were Gender role expectations, family as my first agent of socialization, and school as an agent of socialization.
Learning the expectation of my role
From a very young age, I can remember being told “because you are a girl”. Even as a young child, I can remember how it felt to be told that. I remember feeling like my mom was telling me that I was too different to do any of the things that my brothers could do. For me, the only difference between me and my brothers, was that we had different body parts, and that those parts made us pee differently. I liked to ride bikes just like them. I liked to play football, just like them. I even liked to play video games, just like them. I never could really understand what all the fuss was about. I’d ask to go play football with the boys and would be told “No, I don’t want you getting hurt. Those boys are too rough.” After a while of being told this, I felt like I…

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