Gender Is A Social Construction?

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Soc 201 Section: Q
Reed, Djonae
Paper 1: Question C First, what is gender? What does it mean to say that gender is a social construction? Gender refers to the personal traits and social positions that members of a society attach to being female or male. (Macionis 2015:308) The society in which we live produces our views of what women and men are and what they are supposed to be. However, many people say that gender is “socially constructed”. Basically meaning it is constructed by society. For many decades, it has been what gender should represent and what it should look like. For instance, if someone is labeled with the gender, boy, they are supposed to wear blue, like trucks, and cars, be rough, like sports, make the most money for the family, etc. If someone is labeled with the gender, girl, then they are supposed to wear pink, like dresses, makeup, be polite, be nice, be nourishing clean the house, etc. The continuous day-to-day construction of gender has been called “doing gender”. (West/Zimmerman: 1987). According to West and Zimmerman, “Doing Gender” means to perform complex societal activities of perception, interaction and of micro-politics which define certain activities pursuing either masculine or feminine. This means that the “doing” of gender justifies social structures and thus establishes the male and female difference as natural. However, processes of doing gender aren’t only carried by individuals in society but also through
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