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HAT Forum @ The 519 - Topic: Gender Socialization

  • The 519 519 Church Street Toronto, ON, M4Y 2C9 Canada (map)

Proposer: Michelle Edmunds


A gender role is a set of societal norms dictating the types of behaviors which are generally considered acceptable, appropriate, or desirable for people based on their actual or perceived sex or sexuality.

The socialization that we receive in childhood has a lasting effect on our ability to interact with others in society. In this lesson, we identify and discuss four of the most influential agents of socialization in childhood: family, school, peers, and media.

Discussion: This can be from school, family or religion (or all) and language.

-Gender-specific messages/roles from 0-10 years-old. 

-Gender expectations in teenage years and adulthood.

-Sharing examples of personal experiences with gender socialization.


How has your learning of gender roles impacted your life and did you un-learn some roles and change your perceptions of self and others?

Earlier Event: May 13
HAT Forum @ the 519