I noticed a male employee standing off to the side, about 15 feet away, watching me. What makes you cringe? On the way there, I passed by the kids clothing section. For example, the mother turning her son away from me helped to clarify in his mind that wearing a purse is deviant behavior for males in society.
She smirked at this and said nothing else until she gave me my change and wished me a good day. When taking into account all of the reactions I received by breaking the gender norm of carrying a purse, I can categorize each of them as being a form of a negative sanction.
I stepped out of my car, and walked towards the Old Navy with the purse straps slung over my shoulder, with the purse being cradled against my body by my arm.
Essays may be lightly modified for readability or to protect the anonymity of contributors, but we do not edit essay examples prior to publication. I approached him and told him that I was shopping for some shoes, and asked him about the different brands they had available. I eventually chose a shirt that I wanted to buy for myself, and I proceeded to walk to the registers.
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