Gender & Gender Expression and Development
Contemporary Context of Gender
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The feminist view of gender argues against biological determinism and the claim that gender is socially constructed. You have discussed the factors that influence the distinct masculine and feminine roles and gender typing. You will now have the opportunity to share your views and support them with research-based materials.
In this discussion, evaluate a case study and analyze your own gender development. Share factors and influences in your own personal development as well as new information gleaned from research. Demonstrate your grasp of relevant terms and theories by utilizing them in your assignment content. This will help your instructor measure your comprehension and application of material.
In the preparation for the analysis paper, complete the following:
- Evaluate the following case study from The Baby Boomer’s Handbook for Women.
Case Study: Darlene’s Story
These political times greatly impacted my life and personality. Boomer women were demanding equal rights as they discarded their girdles and garter belts and burned their bras. It was during this era when the civil rights legislation brought new opportunities for women. We were attending graduate school and working at well-paying careers. We had demonstrated the ability to juggle home, children, and careers. Gender & Gender Expression and Development
It was also during this time when many of us began our gender-bender missions. We were challenging the stereotypical image of the 1950s. I, myself, entered the military in the 1970s, which was during a time when women were not totally accepted, even though we played an important role in the Vietnam era. After the military, I entered law enforcement and again pushed the gender role stigma. At the time of my law enforcement career, there were only five women in a department of three hundred men. Later, the department grew to five hundred men and still had only seven women. As women boomers, we were accessing many nontraditional roles and employment opportunities that had previously been considered “male only.” There were also men entering the nursing field during this era. Unfortunately, they too were subjected to the same type of stereotypical comments. I would ask myself, “Why can’t men be receptionists, hairdressers, and nurses, or why can’t women work as construction crews?” (Eastman, 2008).
Eastman, L. E. (2008). The baby boomer’s handbook for women (pp.
541–550). Prospect, KY: PWN Books.
- In a 2-page analysis paper in a Microsoft Word document, address the following:
- Compare the contemporary context and theories of gender, gender development, and gender identity with the case study viewpoint.
- Analyze and describe whether gender-bender missions still exist. Identify the areas where you see that the lines of gender roles are being blurred or are no longer relevant.
- Support your response with research references to gender theories.
PART 2 separate Microsoft
Gender Expression & Development
Using the Internet and the South University Online Library, review a variety of media characters, analyzing how male and female characters are portrayed. Media can be videos, cartoons, comic books, movies, etc. What are some common themes and characteristics in these portrayals? What messages do these send to young children about gender roles? Critically evaluate the scientific evidence for gender differences in a variety of areas such as social roles, cognitive abilities, education, self-esteem, and self-confidence. Gender & Gender Expression and Development
In addition, address the following:
- Emotional expression of gender: How did the social cultural aspects of media, observational learning, and other factors influence your perception of gender-appropriate emotional expression?
- Social expression or expectation of gender: Is there a difference between genders in terms of expression of responsiveness to babies or nurturance? Do we encourage little boys to express feelings aggressively and little girls to articulate and verbalize their emotions?
- Geographic expression or expectation of gender: Are there differences within or across various cultures and geographical areas?
- Personality expression of gender: What does personality have to do with expression of emotions?
- Physiologic expression of gender: How do hormones and physiological changes impact emotions?
Compile your responses in a 2-page Microsoft Word document. Cite all sources using APA format.
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