Student’s Name Professor’s Name Cultural Studies Date Childhood Gender Socialization Gender is the cultural or social state of being either male or female. Evelin Melendez was born in a patriarchal system in the Caribbean islands of St. Croix in 1966. Her early life she states was spent helping her mother in the kitchen or doing other house chores. When she had free time she would sit on the floor and watch her father clean his shoes readying them for work the next day. She hardly talked or spent quality time with her father. He was a formidable presence appearing once in a while especially during dinner times or sometimes he would call for her when she was in trouble and needed to be disciplined. Sometimes he would disappear days on end and therefore her mother was left in care of her and her seven other siblings. She describes her home would expect food and conjugal rights without question. If she dared to protest or question him she would be met by verbal abuse. She experienced a lack of freedom and a feeling of being held captive in her own home. She had no voice or say pertaining to matters in the house despite the fact that she was the one who spent majority of the time in the house. When asked whether she experienced any benefits she states that the only benefit she perceived during this time was that women could not carry out manual labor. Clearly patriarchal systems all around are rigged to favor men and deny women of their rightful rights evident in Evelin's story. Gender biases were very ripe and pronounced in the society she lived and grew up in but she is hopeful that with the new wave of feminism a shift is expected. [...]
Interview 2: Childhood Gender Socialization - DUE DATE: Midnight, Tuesday, Feb. 20 continuation to the first interview. I have attached the first interview. The focus of your interviews should be on your interviewee’s experiences of gender throughout their life with a particular emphasis on the childhood and young adult years. Invite your interviewee to think back to their childhood (Do they think in terms of having “had a childhood”?) What was their early life like? What were the institutional contexts (family, neighborhood, village, orphanage, church, school, the street), and geography, of their childhood? How sharp were gender distinctions? What toys or games do they remember enjoying? Who were their playmates? What was their room like? What shows do they remember watching and liking on TV? What books did they read and especially enjoy? What was school like? What was it like when they became an adolescent? Really ask them to discuss any differences or injustices they felt they experienced because of their gender. Ask feel free to ask them if they experienced any benefits/advantages based on gender.