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Gender And Its Effects On Society

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Psychologists and everyday people alike have always known that suppressing a kid from doing something just because of their sex or “gender” can have a lasting and very deep psychological impact on them. However Alice Dreger, a leading historian of science and medicine, stated in a 2010 TED Talk “We now know that sex is complicated enough that we have to admit nature doesn’t draw the line for us between male and female… we actually draw that line on nature”. With this statement Dreger attempts to guide society to grasp a better understanding of the concept of gender. The existing heteronormative gender norms that are embedded among all societies are outdated because in the modern world “traditional roles/households” do not exist. Traditional gender stereotypes are too binding on a socially as well as emotionally for many. For children, the pressure of feeling succumbing to these gender roles/pressures can have a lasting psychological impact.

Heteronormativity is a word used by sociologists in order to discuss the way that gender and sexuality are separated into outdated categories. It has become one of the most important ways of thinking about sexuality within the study of gender. Sociologists have argued that a set way or technique of heteronormativity has been set up, and dominates, social institutions such as the family, the world and education. Heteronormative practices or techniques are multiple and organise categories of gender. This means that man is the opposite
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