A Reflection On Gender Is A Social Construction

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The most important thing I learned in this class is that gender is a social construct. Social construction shows that “as a society we create standards to identify and categorize normal behavior from deviant behavior” (Sosa’s gender and biology lecture). This can be seen in children before they can walk by categorizing genders and dressing females in pink and boys in blue. Social construct can be as simple as labeling and categorizing eggs, bacon, and toast as a breakfast meal and a hamburger as a lunch or dinner meal. As discussed in Asbell’s lecture social construct is reinforced through many types of discourses. For example, females are often described or implied to be the weaker sex, gentle, and sensitive in contrast to men which are described…show more content…
This consists of gender polarization, androcentrism, and biological essentialism which has no explanation for homosexual or Transgendered people. This shows that our culture has influenced and constructed the way we view gender by what we’ve been taught by our peers. For example, we condition our children to behave in a way that is appropriate for their sex by criticizing them in ways that shape their behavior. An example of this is telling a boy that he is a girl for crying or showing weakness. These concepts of social construction are significant to me because I grew up with a social influence that being part of the LGBTQ community was something to be ashamed of and I feel that if more people would get educated on gender they would have more respect for others and there would be less violence, hate crimes, and overall less negativity. I always felt that my peers were wrong for judging others for owning their sexuality and if I conformed to their homophobic beliefs I would be another person making the world a harder place to live in for those who choose to be…show more content…
For example, if someone told me that eggs are only for breakfast I would question if I should believe them and see what the real reason behind it is. So, when someone tells me it is “bad” or “wrong” for someone to be gay or transgender I will see their reasoning behind it because most of the time they don’t even know why they believe it’s something wrong they just conformed to other beliefs. I also think it is important to acknowledge that those who do not fit into the normal category are not inferior or less than those who are considered normal. I feel as if someone who dresses differently or acts differently than what is considered normal is actually a normal thing to do. I also think they are brave and courageous because they have the guts to stand out of the crowd and be themselves and have their own voice in society. Now that I learned about social construct I will make sure that my own children understand that it’s okay to not fit into the normal category and it’s something normal and they should not feel afraid or embarrassed for being
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