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At the start of an early age boys and girls have a certain role to fulfil. The girls will play together with the barbie, have tea party and dress up like princess and the boy will play tag, wrestle and play with car toys. Setting this up at a early age links them to think and behave a certain way that is “normal” in society.  In the article “The Price of Conforming to Gender Norms” by David Braucher, it talks about the issue of gender inequality in different areas of our society. The article mentions the inequality that still persists in all areas such as, participation in decision making and the exercise of power, in private and social life, in promotion and in professional careers. The author blames early stages of childhood and the gender roles society has put on the parents and the children to act a certain way resulting in gender inequality. Many will feel pressured to act, look and think a certain way. When they want to act the non traditional way many fear the consequences they will face. This reflects heavily as they get older eventually leading to their jobs. We see more men in the engineering police, firefighter, doctor or mechanical field where women go into nursing, interior decoration or fashion. Throughout this article, the author gives many examples of people who are dealing with the pressure society puts us and how unknowingly we follow certain unspoken law and rules. “By the time we are adults, we may not even be aware of how society has shaped our gender-conforming behavior. But we are all affected. We often police our own behavior. A woman may ask herself, “Am I being too manly by being a competitive and aggressive presidential candidate?” A man may worry, “Am I acting like a woman when I become emotional?” (The Price of Conforming to Gender Norms). This limits people to act their true self, not wanting to get judged and get frown upon.My opinion on this topic is that  by the time we are adult the way our parents, schooling, media and society has brought us up to be has shaped most of our thoughts, emotions and belief systems. This article goes into depth about the influence gender norms and society has made to the way we think and react to certain things. To me this article speaks volume on the problems we are dealing with in the society today. We should not be afraid to speak our mind, look and behave a certain way with the feeling of being judged. I believe that the way one is brought up greatly affects the way they later behave. Children act and learn from the adults and the situations they go through. If we are all treated equally no matter the race or gender than that sets up a great example for the future.  I choose the topic Gender Norms, because of my personal experience, where I have noticed  the way my brother and I were brought up was different. I am from Nepal, a country where women and men are treated very differently. They don’t have many rights and often after graduating high school they are to get married and bare children.  Although I moved here at the age of six, my parents were still raised, brought up and lived in Nepal all their lives. They have different sets of ideas and values that they have learned to adapt over the years. Growing up my brother would be able to go anywhere he wanted and come back at any time. I however, was given a certain time to go and come back by and also I was not allowed to go anywhere alone. While reading the article “The Price Of Conforming to Gender Norms” I’ve come to realize that it was society who put certain thoughts and opinion about the two roles. What I have learned through this article is that awareness is key. Before we are even born we are put in two different roles. The boys will get everything blue while the girls get everything white. I didn’t know that this issue is still a huge deal all over the world and many people don’t realize what effect it has. Becoming more educated to the world is one way one might make a change and fight these gender issues.