Toddlers and Tiaras Essay

906 Words Oct 30th, 2011 4 Pages
Being born a man or a woman in todays society is more than a simple biological fact. It’s a biological fact that harvests social consequences. From delivery, gender is assigned to males and females in life binding forms by way of blue or pink. Gender is the social construct of what we know biologically as male or female, but masculinity and femininity is how the two roles are played out in society. Our role as feminine and masculine are institutionalized through social interaction and is perpetuated through our social institutions. Forms of social institution include hospitals, family, churches and schools. These institutions tie gender roles to individual identity from infancy to death.
Kids of all age’s roles are learned and formed
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Instead these fields are all male dominated. Parents that foster these stereotypes of a women’s value being linked to her beauty and capability to be a good mother or wife, set there daughters up with a lifetime of self-objectification. Parents may convey the message that maintaining an attractive physical appearance is the most important goal for girls. Some may allow or encourage plastic surgery to help girls meet that goal (Sexualization of girls). Sexualization can have a positive effect in one of deterrence. Girls and their supporters now and from the past have resisted mainstream characteristics of girls as sexual objects. Positive approaches include increased access to athletics and other extracurricular programs for girls and have aided in the development and presentation of comprehensive sexuality education programs across schools everywhere.
These processes can be exploitive in different ways. Large corporations such as Wal-Mart market anti-aging creams to 8 year olds, narrowing the younger look for girls. Children are instilled with an adult sexuality that is usually imposed on them rather than chosen. And parents, patriarchal society and media (advertisement & social networking) are the ones at fault.
Negative effects can occur in an assortment of areas, including intellectual functioning, physical and mental health, sexuality and attitudes and

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