Artifacts are personal objects that are expressive of our identities and reveal to others how we see others and ourselves (Gamble, p. 103). According to the text, an example of this would be pink blankets or clothing for girls and blue clothing or blankets for boys to help define the gender of babies. A perfect illustration of this particular gendered artifact is displayed in the opening scene of the movie Matilda.  In this scene, the narrator is explaining that everyone is born as an individual, yet the blankets of all the babies already start putting the infants into boxes by the color of their blankets (pink or blue). This shows that from the moment we are born, we are expected to fit into a gendered mold (despite this new age idea of individuality). During class discussion, we touched on this idea that although American society promotes individuality, we are still expected to stay within the norms of our particular gender

Gamble, T. K., & Gamble, M. W. (2003). The Gender Communication Connection. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company.

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