I could not disagree more. Women being denied the vote until about 90 years ago. Non white being only able to vote in the last 50 years. I'm not saying that there is no free will, self determination, or even biological biases at play. But you would have to present a bloody convincing argument to shake my thinking that there isn't huge and devastating impact of things like social and media pressures. Expectations hanging over from the last however many hundreds of years where unless you were male, white and probably a land owner, you equal shit.
Though I'm definitely in the yuppie liberal demo. So take it as you will.
also @nowaysj , I say this wihtout having (or ever wanting) children, but you could be living the most orthodox life imaginable, but if your little one is leaving the house and playing with friends, or even just walking down your typical american/english high street, then they are being bombarded with specific presentations on how they should act, think, buy and so on. Tv or no. imo.