Gender over the Life Cycle

Childhood (mangootyoon) is supposed to be one of the happiest times in a person's life. Boys (dghaner) and girls (aghchigner) are both given a great deal of love and care. In both rural and urban areas children are cared for by their mothers, grandmothers, and less frequently their older sisters or aunts. Although most couples wish to have a boy as their first child, once born, girls are treated equally; they do not receive less food, love, or care than boys. In urban and rural areas girls and boys attend school until age 17 and are expected to learn to read and write. Since Armenia has a 98% rate of literacy, it is clear that the majority of children successfully acquire these skills. In urban areas a university degree is considered a part of a woman's dowry, and a university-educated woman is considered a more desirable spouse and mother because she will be able to educate and discipline her children better and assist her husband to advance politically. In rural areas the majority of men and women marry immediately after graduating from high school and very few villagers attend universities or technical schools.

The passage from childhood to adolescence (badanegootyoon) is not publicly marked, but following puberty boys and girls begin to act and to be treated by differently by their parents and others.

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