Essay about Gender and Gender Inequality

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Gender and Gender Inequality
Gender, what is gender? Where does it come from? How long has it existed? These are all very good question and questions that are asked a lot in today’s modern society. Most people think of gender as the physical features of a man and a woman, but it is not just physical features that define gender. There are obvious biological differences between a man and a woman, but is that what gender is defined by? There are many different theories on gender and how it is defined. How is gender inequality present in today’s world?
Gender vs. Sex these two things are some of the most commonly misunderstood concepts. According to James M. Henslin the author of the book Essentials of Sociology A Down-to-Earth Approach,
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It is known that males have more testosterone produced in their bodies and females have more estrogen produced in their bodies. Is this what causes males to be more aggressive and females to be more nurturing and submissive? There was a study which was called The Vietnam Veterans Study. This study was on males and their levels of testosterone. According to James M. Henslin, in 1985 the U.S. government began a health study of Vietnam veterans. To be certain that the study was representative; the researchers chose a random sample of 4,462 men. They collected testosterone measurements from each of the participating individuals. This study showed evidence that when the veterans with higher testosterone levels were boys, they were more likely to get in trouble with parents and teachers and to become delinquents. As adults they were more likely to use hard drugs, to get into fights, to end up in lower-status jobs, and to have more sexual partners. This study make it sound like biology is a basis for behavior, but this is where something known as social class comes into play. The researchers compared high-testosterone men from higher and lower social classes and found that the men from lower social classes were more likely to get in trouble with the law, do poorly in school, and mistreat their wives. So as it was stated up above, gender consists of whatever behaviors and attitudes a group considers is proper for
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