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Chapter 8 Group Discussion - Becoming the Woman or Man You Want to Be

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This is your weekly discussion group where you will discuss topics related to the chapter reading and your personal life experiences. Your writing should consist of your initial reactions, reflections, revelations, and most poignant thoughts about the assigned chapter. Click on the "Reply" button below. Type or copy your name tent first. Then type or copy and paste your post in the entry box. It must be at least 20 sentences. Most good reflections are longer. Click "Post Reply" when you are done. Check to make sure your post actually went through. If there is a problem and you wait until after the deadline to fix it, you will not receive credit. You may pose questions to your group members if you would like their feedback. You must post your initial reflections by Wednesday evening at 11:55 p.m. Once everyone has had an opportunity to post, return to the board and select three classmates to post a reply to. If five students have already replied to any particular student, you must find another student to reply to who does not already have five responses. You have until Sunday at 11:55 to complete this task.

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Becoming the Woman or Man You Want to Be • When reflecting on your gender-role identity: – Examine the experiences you have had that influence the way you view gender roles – Identify role models who have influenced your views of what it means to be a woman or a man – Be patient with yourself in challenging and changing your attitudes – Decide for yourself what kind of person you want to be, based on what you truly value The Value of Men’s Groups TOPICS OFTEN EXPLORED • What it means to trust other men • How relationships with family members affect • • • current relationships What it means to be a father Hiding from oneself and others in work environments Dealing with loss, depression, and existential anxiety, which accompany aging The Value of Men’s Groups • How one carries the weight of unexpressed emotions and desires • How one’s inner judge prevents satisfaction with life • How the fear of abandonment prevents risk-taking • Healthy ways to deal with frustration and anger • Deciding what it means to be a man Portrait of Traditional Male Roles • Some stereotypes associated with the traditional male role include a man’s – Emotional unavailability – Power and aggressiveness – Denial of fears – Protection of his inner self – Denial of “feminine” qualities – Being driven to succeed – Remoteness with other men – Lack of bodily awareness Portrait of Traditional Female Roles • Some stereotypes associated with the traditional female role include a woman’s – Warmth, expressiveness, and nurturance – Dependence – Tendency to be emotional and intuitive – Passivity and submissiveness – Tendency to be more interested in relationships than in professional accomplishments Challenging Traditional Gender-Role Expectations • Both women and men often pay a price for staying within the limited boundaries defined for them by their culture • Becoming aware of the process of genderrole socialization is the first step toward making choices about assuming expected role behavior • Men and women are challenging the societal conditioning that results in rigid role behavior Alternatives to Rigid Gender-Role Expectations • The challenge is for women and men to work together in deciding how they want to be • Androgyny is the flexible integration of both feminine and masculine traits • Androgynous people can adjust their behavior to what the situation requires in integrated and flexible ways • Gender-role transcendence involves moving beyond gender roles ...
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