Individuals in society for many years have tried to conform to the social norms of sex and gender. Society forms socialization patterns associated with gender, assigning roles and expectations to each; these roles are ingrained at a young age, through gender-specific toys, cultural values, and stereotypes. Such definitions begin at birth or even earlier – when a pregnant woman finds out she is having a boy, the tendency is to automatically stock up on all things “boy,” from blue items to trucks and action figures. All aspects of society reinforce these gender ideas. Parents and teachers segment children by the clothes and activities associated with their genders and throughout life we continue to reinforce those same norms within peer groups. Ferree and Hall, believe gender socialization is “ongoing, multi-level processes of social expectations, control, and struggle that sustain and subvert gender systems” (Ferree & Hall). The expectancy goes even further in forming the way we express ourselves based on our sex.The the way we speak and the careers we want to pursued is routed by our society and based on our gender.
, it is all navigated by society without any rebellion