The Social Construction Of Gender By Judith Lorber

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The Social Construction of Gender If I was holding a family meeting on women’s issues I would have those who attend read “The Social Construction of Gender” by Judith Lorber (1994). I selected this reading because I feel gender is one of the most important topics that should be discussed when talking about women’s issues, especially in a room with both men and women. My goal would be to get my family members not only to understand, but also see how gender is continuously created by society every day. To get my family to understand the social construction of gender I would first explain gender binaries, and how they immensely influence our society. Gender binary says there can be no more than two genders, with no “shades of grey” between the…show more content…
Lorber states that “talking about gender for most people is the equivalent of fish talking about water” (141). I can relate this quote to my family because there have been many occasions when they have showed me their understanding of gender is ‘we were just born this way’, or that gender and sex is the same. The majority of people in our western culture, including my family, feel gender is something that is caused by nature; however that is not the reality. We often always do gender, and most times we don’t even realize it; For example, when we try to figure out if an individual is a male or female based on what they are wearing or if we stare or give a woman a funny look because she has short hair and tattoos. I hope my selected reading will show my family that just because an individual is assigned male or female at birth does not mean they have to identify themselves as…show more content…
A sex category becomes a gender status through naming, dress, and the use of other gender markers (Lorber 141). From birth parents often decide what gender their children are and how their children should express themselves without even considering how their children feel. I can relate to this because growing up me and my sisters were taught into thinking that we only had to play with Barbie dolls and we always had to keep our clothes clean and have our hair done. On the other hand my brothers were allowed to play rough and they weren’t always told to put on clean clothes because they had to look nice. This plays into the stereotype that girls are delicate and sensitive and boys are tough and can be confident by just being

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