Gender Is Essential Dependent On Norms And Behavioral Expectations

2232 WordsNov 25, 20149 Pages
Gender is often characterized by masculine and feminine behaviors. Socially, such characteristics can be accepted however, when these characteristics violate the societal norms, is often rejected (Mallon). To start off, an individual may characterize gender via internal feelings of whether he or she is a male, female, or neither. Gender is essential dependent on norms and behavioral expectations. Knowing these expectations and norms, an individual is essentially able to portray and adopt into the gender role they best identify as (Mallon). According to Schrock et al., “sociologists appear to be coming to terms with how people ‘embody gender,’ which refers not only to how people use or mold the body to signify gender but also to how such…show more content…
In Schrock et al. study, it showed that transgender used their body as a “resource for constructing the gender category of woman” and “enable/ limit how they can be culturally perceived.” Overall, the study’s analysis suggests that there is a symbolized method to gender, which understands the body as socially constructed, subjectively experienced, and physically material (Schrock et al). The National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force accounted the housing discrimination and instability for transgender in Pennsylvania. The survey respondents experienced blatant housing discrimination, as well as housing instability, much of which appears to stem from the challenges they face in employment (Task Force and Transgender Equality). These data suggested: 10% were evicted, 15% were denied a home/apartment, 11% had become homeless because of their gender identity/expression, 25% had to find temporary space to stay/sleep, 25% had to move back in with family or friends and 36% reported owning their home compared to 67% of the general U.S. population (Task Force and Transgender Equality). The survey on harassment and discrimination at school was also done. Those who expressed transgender identity or gender non-conformity while in grades K-12 reported alarming rates of harassment (74%), physical assault (23%) and sexual violence (9%) (Task Force and
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