Gender Roles And Gender Socialization

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Forum 1: Gender Roles and Gender Socialization

1. Explain why gender is not a property of individuals but rather a feature of social situations. Give specific examples, including your own experiences, in which gender differences were assumed to be natural but were really social constructed.
Note: It helps to distinguish between the concepts of sex and gender in answering this question (see definitions in Chapter 3 and lecture notes).

Gender is not a property of individual because it provides more fluidity then sex is. Unlike sex, gender does not depend on a person’s biological attributes. It rather focuses on society perception of femininity and masculinity and how society identifies with these roles. “West and Zimmerman wrote, that gender is not a set of traits, nor a role, but a product of social doings of some sort.” (Andrew 2013). By separating gender roles from sexual characteristics, a person is able to identify as a man, woman, transgender, etc. One person may view someone’s feminine or masculine actions, different then another person would. For example, there has been a lot of controversy with body image and female athletes. For instances, females like Serena Williams, who possess a lot of muscle mass are seen as “masculine” or “manly”. While Serena Williams has a very muscular frame, she has also had quite a roster of boyfriends. Therefore, there should not be a correlation between muscularity and masculinity. I have also noticed a negative perception of…
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