(What my life is –what I make of it with the
help of Biological and a Sociological Mix – A slice of my of life)
Author: Nancy Gutierrez
Written for my Sociology Class Culture and Society
Instructor: Joan McGowan
My family traditions and values have influenced my biological and cultural views and values. My life and career goals bear resemblance with my parents ' life and expectations influenced by class and culture. Yet have been structured by Sociological concepts. The older I become the more I clearly feel life is beginning to make sense. Looking back at my childhood I feel as I was living life all while being contained. I was born in Texas and raised in Indiana, in a town where speaking Spanish was not permitted and no one spoke of differences. I grew up in what is considered middle-upper class society. My family values were dictated to me as if it was a pattern being cut out and these were rules I was to follow or I would not be recognized as “famila”. As I got older this caused me to developed many emotional issues. I suffer from depression and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). I concealed who I truly was in order to fit in to Social acceptance of Race and Gender. I married at sixteen and was fortunate I married into family who was wealthy and patient enough so that I could seek out the best medical assistance and educational assistance to aid me. (TCO 3, 4, 5 & 6) I didn’t know what to expect. I became pregnant and jumped right into the role of marriage I was exciting and happy. Becoming pregnant caused prejudice among my age group friends and I became isolated and discriminated against while still being in school. I was made to resign from cheerleading and other social groups because I was not a good representative of what children my age should be. Without realizing I found whom I was married to, to be completely different than I whom I was, in thought and ways. The difference in religious views was not considered while dating yet was structured more too married life and rising of children. It dictated to us that Gender roles were to be followed and they were created by the Religious views that were to be enforced. I grew up in a home where 50/50 was the norm. Here I had no voice. Yet my new marriage brought with it a control and had a voice that spoke for me, so again my life curved into who others molded me into. (TCO 3, 7) We started a life in Houston Texas and this was a very different setting then I was used to. For the first time I experienced Culture Shock and could not believe how this affected my emotions. I was brought up to think there were no differences in race. By this time my child was attending his first Kinder class. I remember a mother of one of the kids coming to me and telling me that “she did not feel she wanted my child to play with her child because it might create a lazy attitude since I was Hispanic”. I felt this created intern in me a generalized discrimination against everyone who was not Hispanic around me and this prejudice kept me isolated for so long. They (KKK) use to hold rallies outside my house and I had no clue that these people were, until I was told we needed to stay inside. This was a very difficult adjustment; I had not considered changes from Indiana, would affect me so much. This was one of the reasons I experienced what is called culture shock, being away from my family and friends, being in a different culture and city really affected my emotions and I felt disoriented. It was a very different environment from where I grew up. (TCO1, 2, 3, 4, & 5) Through the years I had many new and interesting friends, yet I still felt I was being discriminated against not so much that they still had a predigest against “my kind”. I felt they “looked down on me” at times. They had a negative attitude toward anyone that spoke the language, (Schaefer, 2009) they would often try to insult me by calling me “Mexican”...
References: Schaefer, R. (2009). Sociology: A Brief Introduction. (9th edition) Avenue of Americas, New York: The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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