Social Construction of Gender

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1142 words
1142 words

Social Construction of Gender

Today’s society plays a very important role in the construction of gender. Gender

is a type of issue that has raised many questions over the years in defining and debating if both male and female are equal. Today gender is constructed in four different ways. The

first way gender is defined is by the family in which a child is raised. Second is the society in which a child interacts; makes friends and enemies. The third is our school system and our board of education. And the last but not least is our own self conscious. Each of the above four ways have a unique way of molding and helping an individual define his/her gender.

Lets take the first one in perspective. The family is a very important factor in

defining our gender. Our gender starts to define as soon as we are born. If a boy is born

in a family, the family members would buy toys like monster trucks, race cars, action hero

and toys that inspire a male behavior. As oppose to if a girl is born, the family members

would buy dolls, and cute dresses, and stuffed bears. They would inspire her to behave

soft and kind like a female should behave. Parents would allow their sons to stay out late

and be little more liberal on them. And they would not allow their daughter to stay our

late and be a little strict. Dads would expect their sons to help him in the garage or any

other project around the house and moms expect their daughters to help them in kitchen.

All of these characteristics are not unusual or our of ordinary, this has been the tradition for hundreds of ears and as far as I can see it will still remain the same.

Society is a social factors that has many ways in which its mold a individual and

defines his/her gender. Society includes your friends, mentors, enemies, and our

co-workers and significant others. If you are a boy you usually hand around with guys,

playing football, basketball and other sports. A boy is expected to have “Machoness”

inside him when he grows up. If you are a girl, you would usually hang around girls,

playing indoor games, watching soaps, and going shopping every now and them. A

society expect a boy to be the solid figure in a family. A man who can earn the bread for

the family and women to take care of kids and the house. Jobs out in our society defines

gender. Men are usually factory workers, electri...

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friends and family most male and female construct their own role in their life.

The conclusion of this essay is that there are four prime factors that construct

gender role in today’s society. They include our family, society, educational systems and

self conscious. There are other cultural products that effect the gender within these four

categories. For example the notion that women are physically and weaker then men and

that they are much more emotional then men are. I think no one should be judged on what

there gender. The word “Gender” should be used less and less and individuals should be

judged on their accomplishment and work rather then gender. Society have been defining

and constructing gender for many years. But in 20th century we should all construct

gender not according to what one can do and what not, but what mental qualities they

have. We should define men as courageous and ambitious. Male gender should be define

as father, son, and a leader, instead of someone who are physically stronger then women.

Female gender should be define as mothers, sister and others who are caring, loving and

care taking, instead of weak individuals.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that if you are a boy, you usually hand around with guys.
  • Explains that a girl would hang around girls when he grows up.
  • Argues that female oriented jobs are less physical and have more emotional ties to it than male jobs.
  • Opines that gender is not based on what one can do and what not, but on mental qualities.
  • Explains that gender is constructed in four different ways: the family, society, school system, and self-consciousness.
  • Opines that society expects a boy to be the solid figure in the family. a man who can earn the bread and women to take care of kids and the house defines jobs out in our society.
  • Opines that a man is expected to have jobs that require more physical ability than women has.
  • Opines that the most critical factor that constructs gender role is our self-conscious and the sense of being accepted.
  • Opines that most men and women know and think that if they don't act or behave to their expectations they will be punished.
  • Opines that no one should be judged on what their gender is. the word “gender” shouldn't be used less and less.
  • Argues that female gender should be defined as mothers, sisters, and others who are caring, loving and a leader.
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