For The Purpose Of This Paper, I Decided To Interview My

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For the purpose of this paper, I decided to interview my cousin Amanda. She is a 35-year-old Caucasian woman. She grew up in the small town of Columbus, which is about 45 minutes south of Indianapolis. Columbus has a population of around 4,500 people. It was a small, safe, clean town that Amanda loved to grow up in. She now lives in Indianapolis and is the Red bull sales representative for the Midwest. However, what makes her interesting is that she is a 35-year-old woman who is not married or has any children. I wanted to interview her to see how she got to where she is today, and what role did her gender play throughout her life thus far. There are several course concepts that I will reflect on in this paper. First, there is the norm…show more content…
Doing gender, gender policing, providing accounts, and emphatic sameness are all concepts that have helped shape Amanda’s life. Her gender paved the path she is now on and lead her to be the woman that she is today. She experienced these concepts as a child, a teenager, and she experiences them now as an adult workingwoman. During my interview with Amanda, I discovered that she had an extremely pleasant childhood. She was shy and quiet, got good grades, and stayed out of trouble. When I asked her what where her favorite activities she beamed and said she loved cheerleading. When I asked her why she wanted to be a cheerleader she stated, “All I wanted to do was wear the outfit. I felt so pretty and cool.” She went on to talk about how great it was to be a girl in Columbus. “The boys would take care of you. I felt so special and safe.” Amanda’s perception of what being female was clear when she started to talk about her childhood. She believed that since she was a girl, she needed to be pretty and let the guys take care of her. She was “doing” her gender and following the rules that say that men do all the work and woman sit still and look pretty. I asked Amanda what she thought her life would be like when she was older and she said “ I thought I would be married by 25, kids by 30, and I wanted to be a teacher. This is what every girl thought would happen.” Her hopes and dreams of getting married, having children, and having a career that would allow time to focus on
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