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Essay on Gender Roles

Carly Fiorina, a former California Republican candidate for the United States Senate, once said, “If someone believes they are limited by their gender, race or background, they will become more limited.” Are we limiting the abilities of women just because of their gender? I strongly believe that this should not be the case. Gender Roles are learned mainly through social interaction rather than biologically. When people are born, they are endowed with very little concept of gender. “Proper” behavior is learned through social interaction, and through relationships with others. Gender identity is constructed through communication experienced through the media, parents, and peers at school, at work and at home. How children are raised in society reflects on how they act as they grow. Society changes the attitudes and views on life of people, much more than their biological make-up.

According to Ana Veciana-Suarez (2003), author of “Thank Heaven for Little Boys,” many traits of boys and girls are instinctive: they are born with them. The genetics all people are born with might affect physical abilities, but children learn to act in certain ways by watching people around them. For example, when young boys watch cartoons or certain male-orientated TV programs, they are influenced to act like the characters they see on TV. The characters in these shows are shown to portray a more aggressive or violent manner; so some children act that way. The main characters in shows such as Batman or Superman are portrayed as strong athletic heroes, who can influence a young boy’s everyday actions.

In shows such as these, boys are often depicted as aggressive and destructive; which suggests to male children that they should act competitively. The Columbine incident showed that the boys who killed innocent students derived their ideas through certain movies and TV shows. This shows that teenagers are at a very vulnerable age and can be influenced by...
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