Eckert and McConnell-Ginet go deeply into this topic in the excerpt from their book. The authors do a good job of discussing how gender roles are set in place as soon as people find out the sex of a child (736). The confusion between sex and gender causes people to believe that as soon as they know the sex that means they have to buy pink or blue clothing, throw pink or blue themed baby showers, and pick a gender specific name. (737-738). Blue is associated with boys while pink is associated with girls because it is a more delicate color (738).
Butler explains that “We act as if that being of a man or that being of a women is actually an interna... ... middle of paper ... ... be cisgender and identity with their sex others may not. Gender neutrality is a way to give children their agency back. I am not advocating that no one should have a gender but what I found is that there is so much we decide for an infant based on what’s between there legs from the start. Using the theory of performativity we can understand why this is a problem. The repeated performance of gender allows the sexed body to be understood within the framework of gendered expectations, while simultaneously creating the notion that sex is the basis for gender, and that our differently shaped bodies inevitably lead us to perform particular expressions of femininity or masculinity.
In this article, Shaw and Lee describe how the action of labels on being “feminine” or “masculine” affect society. Shaw and Lee describe how gender is, “the social organization of sexual difference” (124). In biology gender is what sex a person is and in culture gender is how a person should act and portray themselves. They mention how gender is what we were taught to do in our daily lives from a young age so that it can become natural(Shaw, Lee 126). They speak on the process of gender socialization that teaches us how to act and think in accordance to what sex a person is.
Culture also varies greatly from one to another and there for so does the idea of gender throughout the world. Considering the evolution of what is considered acceptable gender behavior throughout cultures it stands as a reasonable conclusion that gender is neither based on or found in nature, but is rather constructed by its inhabitants. We are surrounded by ideologies and discursive examples that suggest how men and women should act and how they should look like in comparison to one another. Thes... ... middle of paper ... ...ure is so used to seeing woman on display is what makes this ad so subversive. When you realize that the person on the screen is a man you are surprised at such image so far from the norm.
Society has been created around two separate genders, male or female. People have been uneducated on the fact that gender is more than just being a male or woman. Lorber argues that much of what we consider to be gender has no place in the natural order of things. Social construction is not something that is natural in the world, but is invented in society over time. Our gender identity can be influenced from ethnicity of a group, their historical and cultural background, or family values and religion.
So if the person is a male, then most people wouldn't accept that person into society if they acted feminine. 'For human beings there is no essential femaleness and maleness, femininity or masculinity, womanhood, or manhood, but once gender is ascribed, the social order constructs and holds individuals to strongly gendered norms and expectations. Individuals may vary on many of the components of gender any may shift genders temporarily or permanently, but they must fit into the limited number of gender statuses their society recognizes.? (Lorber, Night To His Day: The Social Construction of Gender, For Individuals, Gender Means Sameness, Page 463) ? ?a defining feature of reality construction is to see our world as being the only possible one.?
Sex is an obvious difference from the birth (physical characteristics like genitals and all the other characteristics which differ when the child matures like breasts or growth of facial hair). Contrary to what gender is usually defined as, it is what a child becomes to be either masculine or feminine in nature. This difference is shaped by the society and not something a person is born with. Gender is something that a person is mould into and it is his own. This essay will further emphasize on the differentiation between sex and gender and how society plays a crucial role in the gender development.
Now surely if nurture (socialisation) was less effective than nature this would not have happened. We simply nurture childr... ... middle of paper ... ...s can conform to new stereotypes to achieve true equality. This is mainly because of "old school" views from other cultures of our society who still strongly insist on male dominance. Many things affect this like media, who portray women into 2 roles, sex symbols and mothers. This is a main issue for women to overcome for them to achieve equality.
Men and women communicate very different from each other. Evolutionary and cultural roles are the main influences on why men and women speak differently. Lots of people tend to use the words “sex” and “gender” interchangeably. However, according to Gender in Sociolinguistics and Anthropology. “I use the term “sex” only when I was speaking of biological differences between males and females and use “gender” whenever I was referring to the social, cultural, psychological constructs that are imposed upon these biological differences.
Gender is socio-psychological characterizing of being male or female. Gender identity is the sense of being identified as one of these genders, and it is usually established before three years of age. Gender role describes the expectations of the society as how a male or female should behave according to their sex. Biology is the natural factor for differential gender development, and biologically a person with 46 XY chromosomes in their cells and gonads of testes would be a male, and a person with 46 XX chromosomes in their cells and gonads of ovaries would be a female. Also, hormones such as testosterone and estrogen, and evolution offer some insight in to the psychological differences in the genders (Santrock, 2009).