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Gender Socialization and the Making of Gender in the Indian Context discusses what gender is, its formation and effects, and how children form gender identities by conforming to social expectations and imitating gender-specific behaviour. As they grow older, they learn to assimilate this behaviour and the norms that they had earlier merely imitated. They also learn the consequences of deviating from these norms.

Role of Religious Myths and Concepts
Role of religious myths and concepts

Religion in all countries and across all cultures acts as an agent of patriarchy and thereby plays an important role in differential gender socialization. Religion, through its various dogmas, myths, concepts and beliefs, comes to shape the gender perception and orientation of women in a manner so that they accept very smoothly the ideals of femininity and thus become a part of the gender ideology modelled upon patriarchy. Different myths preached by religion ultimately work upon the women in particular with an objective of reinforcing the notion of inferiority, subservience and domesticity so that they cannot become a challenge to the male authority. Religious teachings indirectly give a sanction to the patriarchal design ...

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