Essay about The Socialization Of Gender Roles

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The Socialization of Gender Roles in Children
Pink is for baby girls. Blue is for baby boys. “Pink and blue arrived as colors for babies in the mid-19th century; yet, the two colors were not promoted as gender signifiers until just before World War I” (Smithsonian). Every generation brings a new definition of masculinity and femininity that manifests itself in children’s dress. In 1918, a trade publication from the Earnshaw’s Infant’s Department stated that pink was the chosen color for boys due to its dedicated stronger color and blue for girls because it is delicate and dainty. In 1927, Time magazine printed a chart showing sex-appropriate colors for girls and boys according to leading U.S. stores. In Boston, Filene’s told parents to dress boys in pink. Best & Co. in New York City, Halle’s in Cleveland, and Marshall Field in Chicago followed this trend. (Smithsonian) In those days, it took time for society to sort the “teams” out. The baby boomers were the first generation in the 1940’s to be raised with gender- specific clothing. Today, society tags these colors specifically.
In my live production I recorded my cousins asking them simple questions pertaining to the idea of gender roles in children. They answered within their worldview as hypothesized. As a family studies major, passionate in working in a clinical setting with children, I was interested in learning how they are socialized into their worldviews through gender. As the historical trends of roles in and…

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