From the moment a person states they are pregnant with a girl or a boy, that child begins to be socialized. Names
are selected with a gender in mind. Girls are placed in pink and purple and boys are in blue or green. Toys are
very gendered. Certain behavior is encourage and discouraged. The six major agents of socialization are (1) The
Family (2) The Media (3) Peers (4) Religion (5) Sports (6) Schools. Below are several videos that touch upon
issues of gender socialization.
After watching these videos, discuss the issue of gender socialization. Do you think it is detrimental for individuals to be constrained by these agents of socialization? What happens to those
who go against the norm? Make sure you use the important term gender roles somewhere in your post. Also feel
free to add your own videos or articles in your post.
Children’s thoughts on gender roles:
Who gets to play (and be paid) for sports:
Gender Inequality in Sports
Nike “Like a Girl” commercial: