Albert Bandura And Gender Roles

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Jo-Ann Ault Dr. Rita Nnodim Cross- Cultural & Social Justice September 25, 2017 Gender Roles Gender and sexuality is a controversial topic developing more as the society grows and expands. Even though you are born boy or girl doesn't mean you're structured to that gender. In a society like today, we are becoming more open and welcoming to change in genders and even people who identify with no gender. As the entertainment industries expand they are able to constructively change and construct films and works of literature to show the change in society toward gender. Society has an opinion of who you are and what you should be; when it's your choice to be who you want to be. Whether it's through gender, career, a family person or,…show more content…
A philosopher by the name of Albert Bandura conducted many studies involving observational learning or modeling. The modeling process included attention, retention, reproduction, and motivation techniques. Albert Bandura combines both behavioral and cognitive philosophies to form this theory of modeling or observational learning. He sees the human personality as an interaction between the environment and a person's psychological processes. Bandura says that humans are able to control their behavior through a process known as self-regulation. This process involves three steps which are; self-observation, judgment, and self-response. Self-regulation has been incorporated into self-control therapy which has been very successful in dealing with problems such as smoking. People are able to learn are adapt to things but, when they lose or aren't able to use self-control, they can become someone they may not want to…show more content…
This being the case, it is extremely difficult to counter gender socialization. For instance, parents often unconsciously treat their female and male children differently. Parents generally use gender-stereotypic language: boys are described as strong, alert and coordinated and girls as tiny, soft and delicate. Parents' treatment of their infants further reflects these descriptions whether they are aware of this or not. Some socialization is more overt: children are often dressed in gender stereotypical clothes and colors. In addition, parents tend to buy their children gender stereotypical toys. In my opinion, children are all the same as babies, the developmental process of gender identity is neutral. While the precise form of gender socialization has changed since the onset of second-wave feminism, even today girls are discouraged from playing sports like football or from playing ‘rough and tumble' games and are more likely than boys to be given dolls or cooking toys to play with; boys are told not to ‘cry like a baby' and are more likely to be given masculine toys like trucks and guns. Which is said to be the normal reactions when raising children in society. According to social learning theorists, children are also influenced by what they observe in the world around them. In the reading, Judith Lorber states "You couldn't tell if it was a boy or girl (324)". This

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