Research On The Topic Of Gender

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The purpose of this paper is to construct an essay demonstrating my ability to produce a Research Project. I chose to do my research on the topic of gender, because it is something that I find interesting. In this paper, I will identify three sources that I have chosen based on the topic of gender, and then I will summarize the main points of the sources. From there, I will evaluate my sources to determine whether or not they are value free, and if they use empirical evidence. I will also define, discuss, and apply specific sociological terms such as social roles, socialization, and norms from within the context of gender. As I mentioned above, the topic I chose to research is gender. Often times people use the terms ‘sex’ and ‘gender’ interchangeably, but they are not the same thing. Sex is biological; either you are a male or a female. It is based on things such as DNA, hormones, genitalia, etc. The term sex is very rigid, whereas the term gender is much more fluid. It could take into account biological factors, but it doesn’t always. Gender refers to the ‘physical, behavioral, and personality traits that a group or culture consider to be normal, natural, right and good for its male and female members (Ferris, The Real World: An Introduction to Sociology, 2014).’ Gender determines how society influences our understanding and perception of differences between being ‘masculine’ or ‘feminine.’ Gender is something that is socially constructed and is learned as we grow. The…

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