This was a project centered around how we have been socialized and what masks we wear in our lives. We all fit into seven identity catergories: Race, Class, Gender, Ability/Disability, Religon, Sexual Orientation, and age. Throughout our lives, we have all been put into these catergories like it or not. Each one of these can dramatically affect your lives, because we are either agents or targets. Agents are the majority favored by society, and targets are the minority shunned by society. There are another type of agents in society, these ones are the people and things that socialize us. For example, school, parents, and friends.
My Mask: Pictured below My Essay, Through My Life: Pictured below
Through My Life
The cycle of socialization is a system that teaches how to be “human”, good or bad.To understand socialization, we must know socialization is a cycle that depends on the people it controls to be afraid and unaware of it to survive. The reading, The Cycle of Socialization, written by Bobbie Harro, explains, “ We get systematic training in “how to be” each of our social identities throughout our lives. The cycle of socialization that follows is one way of representing how the socialization process happens, from what sources it comes, how it affects our lives.” In the cycle, there’re agents, (the majority which are favored by society) and targets (the minority who are looked down upon) that either work together or against each other. An Example of an agent is a white, upper class, adult man who identifies with the main religion of the area. Through socialization, we are put into seven identities, gender, race, ability/disability, age, social class, and religion. In all three categories, I am classified as an agent because I am the majority favored by society. The most effective way to help fix the negative connotations of socialization is to bring realization to the sheer existence of the cycle. The cycle of socialization has affected me in three main identity categories, race, gender, and class; As a white person, society wants me to be white washed and xenophobic, as a male, I am influenced to be emotionless and dominating, and finally, being upper middle class, I am supposed to be frivolous and ungrateful of my wealth. Growing up in my life as a white teen, I have been bombarded with messages both good and bad, such as being superior, to being equal to other races. Being born white in turn has given me privileges and tools to secure a happy future. Peggy Mcintosh, Author of “White Privilege- Unpacking the Invisible Backpack” states, “As a white person, I realized I had been taught about racism as something which puts others at a disadvantage, but had taught not to see one of it’s corollary aspects...which puts me at an advantage.” Similarly to male privilege, white privilege is not seen from the white person, they only see how it affects others around them. This “white washing” is prevalent to me now, as before the reading I knew slightly of my advantages, but after it is very obvious. White privilege has been unveiled to me as a invisible backpack that assists me. Society has shown my race has powerful and dominating. In the media, I rarely see representatives of other races portraying their respective races. But in my family, I am taught all races are equal and should be treated with respective. But learning it is there has taught me to help underprivileged targets in society and use my privileges for good. After being born a man, I have been given certain privileges and messages from the agents of the cycle of socialization. These messages, both good and bad, have shaped me into the person I am today. Tony Porter, in his TED talk: A Call to Men, explained, “... we were taught that men had to be tough, had to be strong…, no pain, no emotions…, that men are in charge, which means women are not.” Through the video, I believe this “Man Box” is a box metaphorically, as it traps men into these uncaring stereotypes. The no emotion part of the box prevents you from fighting the box, meaning you can’t get help. This trapping of emotion is self-destructive and potentially explosive. I find most forms of socialization towards gender are negative as they portrayed the negatives of each gender… For example, people have criticized my long hair and ask/prod me why I don’t like team sports. I see society showing me to treat women as objects and enjoy liquor. But, in my home, I’m given a positive place to express myself. Though men are agents in society, the “Man Box” and messages from the media create a hostile environment to express yourself as a man. Because of my parents efforts, I have grown up in a middle class environment filled with prosperity. I have learned to be thankful and gracious. In the video, “Wealth Inequality in America”, the Narrator explained that the results of the answers of a sample group, “92% said it should be more like this, in other words more equitable than they think it is now.” Both my mom and dad have shown and taught me about this unfair wealth distribution, causing me want to heMy family has taught me to buy things only if you need them. But the media, tells me to buy, buy, buy things I don’t need. But through my parents efforts, I have grown up being thankful and have learned to give away things. Living in the negative shadow of socialization has resulted in me being fed up with the system, I realized to combat the bad cycles, we need to remove our connections to the “bad stuff.” This cycle puts individuals into boxes where they can not be accepted if they are themselves. As mentioned above, society, especially the media, portrays only the negatives of both agents and targets. Women are portrayed as slutty objects for men, men are egotistical slobs obsessed with sports and beer. White people are pictured as racially blind idiots while African Americans are dumb, poor criminals who live in ghettos. For example, The media, the main spreader of these stereotypes, needs to be removed and shut off from you as an individual. The Cycle of Socialization Essay, concludes, “this chapter suggest ways for interrupting the cycle of socialization are taking charge of our own lives.” By removing the harmful cycles of socialization at first from yourself, you can inspire others to do the same.But to truly combat and break these negative cycles, we as individuals need to bring realization to the cycle of socialization.
Throughout the project, I grew in many ways as a writer. For one, I learned how to write in a clear, more understandable way for my readers. I used better evidence when defending my claims. For example, “As a white person, I realized I had been taught about racism as something which puts others at a disadvantage, but had taught not to see one of it’s corollary aspects...which puts me at an advantage.” In the end of the process, I am a more confident writer. After completing the socialization project, I have several large takeaways from this project. I now better understand how I have been socialized. I can see my privileges and how they affect others. Before the project, I knew I had several privileges because of my parents. Such as my class, gender, and race. But after the project, I can see how I’m either a agent or a target. For example, I’m a target in religion and a agent in my gender. I learned how to put together a exhibition, since I have never done it before. It was a great introduction to the whole process since I was helped by my partners and project managers to pull it off. Because Sarah gave us our groups, I learned how to work with people I usually don’t work together. This helped me because I have social anxiety and don’t like working with people I don’t know. I feel I have grown as a project worker as I have been forced to work with others. As stated above, I don’t usually work with people I don’t know well. So it is a leap for me to successfully work with others. For example, this year I haven’t work with Colby and Amelia much, so working to pull off a exhibition together was a great experience. Specifically, Chris and Jade helped me with my room after Colby and Amelia left. They tried to help run my game, and clean my room off. While setting up the exhibition, I led my group and kept us under control. Since our room was a quick setup, Colby and I had to build a complex room with limited time. Also, Amelia wasn’t there until later to help us. After a while, everything sorta fell apart because Colby and Amelia left me so I had to run it by myself. It didn’t work at all, so I, with the help of Jade and Chris, closed off the game area and let the parents into the information area. Soon after, the exhibition was over, and I stayed to clean it up. Luckly it didn’t take long to do it. If I were to do it again, I would want a game I can run alone in case of emergencies.
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