Sex, Gender, And Gender

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For the past decades, feminists are constantly debating the conventional views, prevailing views and roles 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 interchangeable 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. “Over time, sex tended to be understood as the base and gender as the superstructure” (Oyěwùmí, 2005, 12).
For instance, in African Gender Studies, the author stated 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). On the other hand, the authors in Women’s Realities, Women’s Choices, stated that gender could be constructed culturally and may feel self-evident, for example, it seems obvious to us that the color blue should be assigned to boys and pink to girls, which would be classified as an inevitable color-coding invention of the twenty first century (Hunter College Women 's Studies Collective 2014, 25).
Based on mythical and religious texts, the ideal representation of a woman is portrayed as weak, susceptible to temptation, an assistant or “helpmeet” to man, which causes their weakness to lead men in…

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