Becoming Female: Perspectives on Development by Phyllis A. Katz (auth.), Claire B. Kopp (eds.)

By Phyllis A. Katz (auth.), Claire B. Kopp (eds.)

Every girl should be full of disgrace on the notion that she is lady. -Clement of Alexandria, c. 150-215 The 5 worst infirmities that afflict the feminine are indocility, discontent, slan­ der, jealousy, and silliness .... Such is the stupidity of woman's personality, that it truly is incumbent upon her in each specific, to mistrust herself and to obey her husband. -Confucian Marriage guide Nature meant girls to be our slaves. they're our estate; we're not theirs. They belong to us, simply as a tree that bears fruit belongs to a gardener. What a mad proposal to call for equality for women.. . ladies are not anything yet machines for generating young children. -Napoleon Bonaparte the actual fact of the problem is that the best accountability of a lady most likely is to be in the world lengthy sufficient to discover the simplest mate attainable for herself, and con­ ceive childrens who will increase the species. -Norman Mailer learn those charges and wonder!! ask yourself on the power, tenacity, and charm of women who've persevered outrageous slings and arrows with out turning into violent, uncaring, or incapacitated. reliable stuff is contained in our double X, preserved and nurtured for different, much less dis­ torted instances. the ladies in Context sequence is a mirrored image of the sunrise­ ing mild slowly illuminating lady as special in many ways, yet nei­ ther lower than nor greater than guy. definitely, our imperfect international can good use the entire skills and services that women and men possess.

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More sex-related differences in socialization have been found in grade school than in the preschool period (Block, 1978). Boys and girls exhibit differential ability in mastering the early school environment (boys seem to have more difficulty), differential interests and activities (both in and after school), and strong preferences for same-sex friends. During the period of middle childhood, this peer group takes on an increasingly prominent 2 It should be noted that young children have similar difficulties with regard to racial cues and do perceive them as immutable.

Girls, for example, have been reported to be more vocal at an earlier age (McCarthy, 1946). During the first three months of life, boys are more active physically, cry and fuss more, and sleep less than girls (Moss, 1967). It is difficult to interpret such findings unambiguously, however, since parents typically behave differentially as well. For example, mothers in the Moss study held male infants more than female ones. Whether this was because their infants cried more or whether the infants cried to elicit more attention is impossible to disentangle.

If she views herself psychologically as a child, for example, but has developed large breasts at an DEVELOPMENT OF FEMALE IDENTITY 19 early age, she may experience a very negative body image; analogously, if her fantasy is to be a sexy movie star and she is a late developer, she may curse her flat-chestedness. Although boys undoubtedly have similar problems and anxieties associated with the size of their penis, at least the visibility of these changes is confined to the gym locker room. The reader might argue that these disjunctions between physical and psychological self-concepts are only temporary.

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