Essay On Gender And Gender

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Gender refers to the cultural differences of men and women (i.e. by society/culture) according to their sex. Therefore, a person’s sex does not change, however, their gender on the other hand, can change. Chromosomes (female xx, male xy) the reproductive organs (ovaries, testes) hormones (estrogen, testosterone) make up the biological difference between male and female. According to McLead (2014) he seems to believe that there is no distinction between sex and gender, because biological sex creates gender behavior, and gender is determined by hormones and chromosomes. For example, hormones are chemical substance carried though the blood stream that occur in both men and women but, the amount differ in the effect that they have upon different…show more content…
This brings me to choose the side that gender differences are socially determined in my opinion. The perception of men and women and what they are supposed to be is basically produced by the society in which they live. Therefore, people say that gender is a socially constructed. West/Zimmer (1987), went so far as to renaming gender calling it Doing Gender, which mean that gender is made by us in everyday life with our interaction with other people. Whereas, from birth, children are assigned a gender and are socialized to confirm to certain gender roles based on their biological sex. For example, society can create gender roles based on norms, or standards. Needless to say, masculine roles according to society are based on charcterictics like strength, aggression, and dominance, whereas, feminie roles are associated with being passivity, nurturing, and…show more content…
And, social learning theorists believes that our gendered is a learned behavior as well. For example, as a child develops and grow they gain their understanding of general behaviors through their social environment, and they develop an understanding of gender identity. (Stainton, 2001) According to, (Marica, 1980) he believes that a person choices of his/her identity is determined based on certain personal and social traits. Also, Marcia, states that a well-developed identity has a great sense of strengths, weakness, and has a uniqueness about one’s self. Whereas, on the other hand, if the well-developed identity lacks strengths, weakness, they do not a well-developed articulated sense of one’s self. The usefulness and the validity of explaining gender roles starts with physiological traits in genders can involve mood triggers, or actions but how they react to those triggers is usually shaped by the gender’s environment, culture, and family up-bringing. By exploring other cultures outside of your own, a person can begin to find that people can be physiologically similar, but social impositions surrounding people alters their decision to behave a certain way. Therefore, gender roles in my opinion are learned, and socially inhered. Gender is seen as
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