The Gender Trap Essay

1893 Words Oct 19th, 2015 8 Pages
Kia Villarreal
“The Gender Trap”
Book Review
California State University, Bakersfield
Kristen Gibson
October 14, 2015

Gender issues have recently hit the surface pretty hard and has made life changing impacts, nationally. Some political topics have been on same-sex marriage and restrooms for transgendered students. The nation is divided in regards to gender issues. The recent awareness has forced the government to step in and back up laws that are for and against these issues. Analyzing our lives on a daily basis seems easy, but after reading The Gender Trap: Parents and Pitfalls of Raising Boys and Girls by Emily Kane, I didn't realize how much I actually gender my children and how it could affect them in the future. Interviews
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and carry on the families last name, play sports with dad, or others preferred a girl so mom could potentially have a best friend, someone to go shopping with, or to help with the younger kids when she gets older which “emphasizes femininity” as Kimmel says is “oriented to accommodating the interests and desires of men.” Men often expect women to stay home, do all the shopping, and take care of the children. By setting these “goals” for their unborn child is a gender trap in itself. Expecting your child to by one way when it can come into the world another. Furthermore, Kane puts the parents in the five categories I mentioned above. These categories are based on the different beliefs parents carry as they gender their child based on social and biological reasoning. Parents correspondingly reacted for acceptance or in fear of rejection by society’s gender norms. Naturalizers, see gender roles as a biological reasoning and had no problems with it nor did they feel exposing them to gendering was a problem. Maya. From our book, The Gender Trap, combined biological and social construction of gender in her parenting. Peer influence was very strong on her and helped shaped her parenting behavior. Her daughter Keisha would only want to buy clothes that her friends would like, instead of making her own decision. In this category, peers and parents have about the same influence on children. Cultivators, looked at society as the reason behind the

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