Gender and Individual Identity

596 WordsFeb 26, 20182 Pages
Gender is commonly conceived as a central part of an individual’s identity that extends further than merely one’s physiological sex. The idea of women and men being separated by innate differences has been scientifically disproved due to the lack of evidence. It is thereby apparent that gender is a discursive construct by means of creating prominent social role identities that hierarchically separate men from women. These classificatory practises have vast effects that tend to propel male authority and restrict female opportunity. The following articles present compelling accounts of the social malleability of gender to support the claim that gender is indeed a social construction. Armitage, Catherine. “The male v female brain: Is it all in the mind?” The Saturday Age. February 2, 2013, sec. Education: 15. Print. Catherine Armitage uses the expert and academic opinion of Cordelia Fine to disprove the male-favoured findings of certain gender studies, which are scientifically insignificant. Armitage’s critical exploration of the male-majority groups (“popular science journals”) and Simon Baron-Cohen who endorse and conduct these experiments reveal the sexist agendas to elevate men’s intelligence above women’s, or as Cordelia Fine phrases it “to make the status quo seem fair...natural”. The article has a well-researched and detailed perspective, which demonstrates the manipulation of gender to achieve deeming effects on women, disguised as biological nature. American
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