Analysis Of From Ways Of Seeing By John Berger

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The piece, “From Ways of Seeing” by John Berger, describes how a man’s actions are perceived and always focused on showing power. However a woman’s presence is opposite and that everything she does determines how people see her. Her choices and actions are what we go by to determine who the woman is. Whereas men want to be seen but women just want to be accepted (4). Aaron H. Devor in, “Becoming Members of Society: Learning the Social Meanings of Gender” argues that men and women both strive to obtain power (112). Devor shows how the means of how they obtain said power are vastly different and mirror the statements that Berger claims (114). Devor helps further our understanding of how we come to act the specific ways that are customary by divulging the ongoing thought process toward gender of children (109). Berger as well as Devor seem to agree on the topic of how the members of a gender act in society, the motive behind these actions are where differences between the writers…show more content…
However Devor provides insight into how this is taught and processed though the mind of various stages of childhood. He demonstrates how children begin to observe the community around them and notice similarities in groups which they come to associate with gender characteristics (109). Devor theorizes that children do not see gender in the anatomical sense but in features such as the presence or absence of hair, clothes and makeup (111). This categorization based off others appearance is what leads the child to start grouping themselves into a specific gender identity. Devor explains that all children use an “I”, “Me” and “Self” technique to assimilate into a gender identity. Meaning that they see themselves, the “I”, while they also look at how others treat them which causes them to obtain the, “Me”, which produces the overall outlook that the child has of themselves called the, “Self”
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