Influence on Gender Gender is always criticized for whether it is something instinctive or discovered by one’s development through childhood. From an early age, our youth explores the meaning of what it actually means to be a boy or a girl. The meaning of gender is explored in many ways in Little Giants, a move which portrays a girl who struggles to find her gender role as a girl due to the pressures put on by her father, an opposing coach, and her peers. She is inclined by the influence of her parents, peers, and instructors who compel her to follow the generalization of gender by limiting them to explore who she wants to be. These standards consist of males acting masculine and females acting feminine by restraining children to determine what lifestyle they enjoy and what lifestyle they dislike. Little Giants is a story about two brothers, Kevin and Danny O’Shea, who live in a small town called Urbania, Ohio. Kevin is a former college football star and is currently the coach of the best town “pee wee” football team. Danny’s daughter, Becky was cut from the team just because she was a girl. This caused Danny to create his own team and allow other children who have also never been given a chance to play football. Becky develops a crush for her the team’s quarterback, Junior, which causes her to struggle with with her new found feelings as a girl. Her Uncle Kevin convinces her to become a cheerleader because Junior would only date a real girl, not a cheerleader. Becky takes his advice and decides to become a cheerleader instead of playing for the team. The two teams play a game to see who should represent the town pee wee football team. During the game, Junior gets injured, which causes Becky to decide to play in the game to help her team win. In the end, Danny decides to combine the two teams to represent the town, and Becky ends up Junior. Throughout the film, Becky is constantly reminded of how football is usually a sport for males. The reason she is cut by Kevin O’Shea’s football team has nothing to do with her football skills, but because of the sole fact that she is a female. A lot of male coaches today constantly undermine a female’s athletic ability because they do not think females are capable of competing with males. Michael Messner notes an aspect of this perspective in “Barbie Girls Versus Sea Monsters: Children Constructing Gender” by nothing that “it was also evident that when the coach was having trouble getting the boys to act together, as a group, his strategic and humorous invocation of the dreaded Barbie Girls once again served symbolically to affirm their group status” (p.399). By not letting Becky play on his team, Kevin is sending a message to her that girls should not be on the football field because they are incapable of competing with the opposite gender in physical activities. This is an attempt to limit Becky from trying to pursue what she wants in her life, which is to able to play football and not be distinguished because of her gender. Another way Kevin has an influence on Becky’s gender role is when she is confused as to why she is not receiving any attention from her crush, Junior. When Becky tells her uncle that there is a lot more than football going on in her life, he gives her advice by saying “If you want to find a boy, you got to figure out how boys think. And if this boy is a quarterback, he’s probably going to want some cute girl, not some teammate.” By telling Becky that boys are not interested in girls that play sports, Kevin is teaching Becky that she should try to avoid sports in order to get boys to like her because boys believe that athletics are only a place where masculinity should be present. This is similar to the argument made by Ellen Jordan and Angela Cowan from “Warrior Narratives in the Kindergarten Classroom” where they state “…we have been looking at a “cycle of practice” where, in classroom after classroom, generation after generation, the mode of masculinity
Gender influences/misconceptions in communication
Gender Influences on Identity:
How we view ourselves and the people around us is influenced by gender among other things. From infancy, we are taught to think about males and females in very different ways. This partly shapes our sense of self. In childhood, we tend to comment about boys size, strength, and activities and about girls beauty, kindness, and facial responsiveness; labeling some behaviours as masculine and others as feminine. This same…
job of reflecting accurate characteristics of men and women. Society has added to this by creating what is known as gender roles among men and women. They are like a type of social guidelines which men and women follow in order to be accepted by today's society. Although this was designed with the best intentions it can have negative results.
There are many examples of gender roles playing a part in our society. Television serves as one of the most common "voices" for the social guidelines;…
AAA Final Paper
Gender-Role Development: Influence of Sibling Dynamic and Interaction
The topic of gender-role development in children is one that has been heavily researched. The gender-role development of a child is how they develop a sense of what is socially considered typical of a male or female, and applying that to their own gender based behavior (Volkom 2003). There are many aspects of society, which act as variables that contribute to the development of a child’s gender-role identity.…
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It is important to understand the difference between gender and sex. Sex is biologically determined by one reproductive organs. Gender, however, is socially constructed. It is the way in which one acts in relation to the societal expectations of their sex. Our gender identity is the name given to the way in which a person acts in relation to their sex and societies expectations. The main influences on gender identity are the many different agents of socialisation. Socialisation…
The influence of gender on language in contemporary media
University of Greifswald
The influence of gender on language
in contemporary media
LA Eng./Ge Gym
The influence of gender on language in contemporary media
2. The different usage of language between men and women
2.1. Gender differences in language through time
2.3. Approaches on gender influenced language
3. Influence of gender on language in contemporary media 10…
AP Language and Composition
30 January, 2013
Sexuality and Gender:
What Is the Effect of Parental Relationships on a Child’s Sociological Perceptions?
“The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says: It's a girl” (Chisholm). Shirley Chisholm could not have been more accurate when she made this observational statement. This statement spills truth onto the plate of the naïve and serves as a rude awakening to the slumbering…
Gender Identity Paper
In the following paper we will go into the explanation of “ Gender Identity” the interaction between hormones and behavior, pertaining to how it effects the determination of it. For many the terms “gender or sex” are similar to one another, many believe this concept to be true. That is mainly the reason why it is rarely questioned. In reality sex and gender are actually very unalike, gender is not inherently connected to ones physical anatomy. Sex, biological including…
How do we become male or female in our society?
Socialisation is the norms, customs and ideologies that influence a person into developing the skills needed to be able to participate within society in an acceptable manner.
Primary socialisation occurs during childhood and is most commonly learned from parents and caregivers. This is when a child is taught about language, acceptable values & morals, regulating biological instincts and learning attitudes towards discrimination, honesty and cooperation…
notably family, friends, community influence, are fuel for the social drives of an individual. When we go beneath the surface, I believe we should recognize that humans are in their essence focal points of conscious activity: sensing, speaking, reflecting, hearing, achieving, awareness, and so on. Ordinary understanding as the discovery of prearranged knowledge cannot grasp the human fundamental nature.
Gender and sexuality
How do we learn to be male or female? Gender identity is a person’s sense of…
These articles discussed different theories between doctors about environment and genetic influences in gender identity. Gender Bender an article by Sadie F. Dingfelder, this discusses different studies that have been done to prove if genetic and hormonal factors and social influences are influences on gender identity. One study showed that sixteen males born with a rare disorder called cloacal exstrophy. Males are born without penises or with really small ones they tested normal for males…