Essay about gender identity in our society Shaping one to become either masculine or feminine begins at the earliest stages of childhood. Growing up, I was raised to be the most masculine figure I could be for my family. The people who influenced me the most were family members who didn’t have anything. Those with nothing were still able to make something out of themselves have a much more impact on me than anyone else. Since my family struggled as I was growing up, I was expected to take on responsibilities that would benefit the household. Being exposed to my role model’s struggles and their way of life helped me realize a little better at who I have become. My  →