Gender And Gender, Hormones, And Physiology

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Gender

Gender and sex are two different categories that people in this generation often get confused of. Sex is how men and women were physically born to be. Gender refers to the performance of men and women based on the norms given by the society. Without the concept of “men” and “women” or “masculinity” and “femininity,” a man could be seen wearing a dress without being stared at. As gender exists, society is divided up into categories where inequality is an inevitable issue.

In order to help the readers to thoroughly understand the issue, it is necessary to acknowledge what “sex” is composed of and what “gender” is made of. In the article “Doing Gender”, Candace West and John Zimmerman clarify that “sex is ascribed by biology: anatomy, hormones, and physiology” (175). At the same time, they also argue that “gender is an achieved status which is constructed through psychological, cultural, and social means” (175). Thus, it can be said that sex is the difference of the body’s organs and reproductive system that biologically characterize one body from another. Meanwhile, gender helps people differentiate “men” and “women” by solely looking at based on their clothes, their actions, their hobbies, and relationships that society push one to form “his” or “her” self-identity. There are always two sections in the shopping stores, one for male and another for female. Therefore, a person would typically look at those tags and decide where to go. A male can be seen picking clothes…
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