Think back to your childhood as far as you can go.
When is the first time you can recall that you were
aware of being a girl or a boy? (Hint: Sometimes these
are painful events, for instance, when we asked for a
toy and were told it wasn’t appropriate for our gender
or when we were criticized for behaving like a member
of the other gender.) How did you feel at the time?
How would your life be different today if you were
the other gender?
pare and contrast the theories
advanced by social scientists to explain the process
of gender acquisition. Using yourself as an example,
which theory do you think explains how you acquired
your gender identity?
Is any one of these theories,
or are all of them combined, sufficient to explain the
content of gender roles in our society? Explain your