LAVC Gender Psychology Discussion
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Create a new discussion post exploring how a socialization agent of your choice (e.g., family, school, peers, media, medical system, government) shapes the standards for acceptance on a particular dimension (e.g., sexuality, race, religion, body type, ability, behavior).
Your post should include:
Your chosen socialization agent and dimension in bold at the top of your post
A summary of what role your socialization agent has in shaping the “standards of acceptance” associated with passing or not passing on the dimension you chose. Think about how the socialization agent you chose encourages passing.
- Commentary on how the standards of acceptance vary across gender. Are the standards the same across genders or different? How so? Please be sure that you’re thinking of gender in an expansive way here.
- In-text citations and references as appropriate
Then, respond to two different colleagues. You need to either respond to someone whose post hasn’t been commented on yet or provide a unique perspective on the piece of media. In each peer response, respond to the following:
What impact do these standards of acceptance have on people’s health and well-being? Basically, how are people impacted by being asked to meet certain standards to pass and possibly being viewed as a violator of these standards? Pull in at least one piece of evidence from our course materials or an outside scholarly source. Be sure to clearly address the dimension + socialization agent your peer selected.
Stuck? Think about the impact on mental health or products designed to help people meet these standards (e.g., anti-aging creams).
please respond to these two
The socialization agent of peers and the standards of acceptance they shape for behavior towards other peers
As children, most people choose to have same gendered peers in their social groups of some unknown reason and many continue this till junior high or even high school. However, there is evidence that children allowing other gender socialization with them is related to prosocial behavior. In a study done on children socialization it was found that most of the children had a bias towards same gendered peers ( Xiao, et al., 2022). Most children just accept that they can only play with same gendered peers because they see the same behavior from other peers. This may be because many children are afraid of judgement from their peers if they chose to also socialize with other gendered children or may make a heteronormative assumption that they “like” each other. I think this applies mostly to cis-gendered children, I think trans children would want to be around children that have the same gender identity as them. As children grow up many of them grow out of this unspoken bias and expand their peers to other genders.
Xiao, S. X., Martin, C. L., Spinrad, T. L., Eisenberg, N., DeLay, D., Hanish, L. D., Fabes, R. A., & Oswalt, K. (2022). Being helpful to other?gender peers: School?age children’s gender?based intergroup prosocial behaviour. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 40(4), 520-538.
Media and Body Type
The media plays a huge role in glorifying thin body types. These beauty standards have a huge impact on young girls and women regarding their image. The typical beauty standard in film and magazines usually portrays tall, thin, white women with flat stomachs, and long legs. It is important to note, however, that these standards seem to be evolving and changing into even more unattainable attributes. In large part to social media, there seems to be even more standards. Women must have full lips, light skin, a small waist, and an accentuated backside. These standards are often unrealistic and impossible to meet, which further contributes to eating disorders in women. Gavac & Ingram (2022) mentions the concept of thin ideal internalization, which is the belief that the ideal woman’s body type is ultrathin. White women tend to score higher in this concept than other races, which may predict their higher rates of disordered eating (p. 145). This standard is not exactly the same for men in the media, as they face different ideals. Although there is certainly a beauty standard for men, it seems that they get a pass for aging as compared to their female counterparts. Men still face pressure and insecurities regarding their appearances. With the rising influence of social media, men are also bombarded with seeing other men who are muscular, with great hair, and perfect teeth, and other somewhat unrealistic attributes. Again, they may feel as though they do not measure up and may potentially engage in unhealthy behaviors.