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Jackie Torres

Nancy Chodrow is a sociologist and psychoanalyst in the 20th century.  In her excerpt The Reproduction of Mothering Chodrow explains using references and ideas from American society and scientists the importance of a relationship between parents and their children.  She says, “what matters is the extent to which a child of either gender can form a personal relationship with their object of identification, and the differences in modes of identification that result from this” (pg. 323). As I read the essay, I captured the mention of the dissimilarity between the innately learned gender identification between males and females.  For example, in the essay Chodorow states, “Boys are taught to be masculine more consciously than girls are taught to be feminine “(pg. 323). This passage explains how males are trained their roles and it’s implied to them that what they should and should not do as a male. However, for females they acquire this knowledge freely and independently.

However, Slater reports that, all forms of personal parental identification have to do with “freedom from psychosis” yet strangely he feels that this is not applied to a daughter and her mother.   Chodrow contain views from other sociologist. One sociologist Slater notes that in contemporary families in which there is only one parent, (usually the mother) the absence of a male figure does not affect the male. They are still able to identify with their gender and correspond well with their masculinity. However, this contemplation appears to contradict the initiative importance that what matters is the relationship of the child with his or her parent.  For females it is said that she consistently relics motivation and there is a cataleptic accolade to be won.  Chodrow essay concludes with the clarification that all in all the women and men’s personality are influenced by their rearing. The structure of family and each genders personality reveals the reason of today’s contemporary society.



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