Sex, Gender, And Gender

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For the past few decades, feminists have been constantly debating the conventional views, of sex and gender in today’s society. As a result, we often think of sex as biological and gender as social, which are terms that are often used interchangeably and are socially or culturally constructed. In other words, the terms male and female are referred to as sex categories, while masculine and feminine are considered gender categories. To demonstrate the prevailing views of sex and gender, in African Gender Studies, the author argues that, over time, sex tended to be understood as the base and gender as the superstructure” (Oyěwùmí, 2005, 12). This argument is used as a way of exemplifying the authors questioning based on the topic, conventional views of sex and gender.
For instance, in African Gender Studies, the author asserts that, “it would make no sense, to define gender as the cultural interpretation of sex, if sex itself is a gendered category, instead gender should be conceived merely as a cultural inscription… As a result, gender is not to culture as sex is to nature” (Oyěwùmí, 2005, 13-14). However, before World War I, pink was used for boys and blue for girls, whereas in today’s society, children are able to distinct colors at a younger age due to colors being culturally structured at birth and the colors are used to identify the baby’s gender to all observers. As an illustration, the authors in Women’s Realities, Women’s Choices, suggests that gender could be…

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