The Biggest Act Essay

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Who we are and what we have become seem to be synonymous; who I am as a female and a woman tend to be one in the same. But what if one were to be female but a man? That doesn't seem to make any sense at all; for how could a female be in any way related to that of a man? These two words: female (or male) vs. woman (or man), are not realistically identical. The terms (female or male) indicates sex; whereas, the other terms signify the gender. The problem is that we have become so involved daily within this terminology that we forgot how distinct they really are. These terms bring about a lot of identity issues. The fact of the matter is not that the person would have this problem in a "natural" sense; but instead within a cultural context.…show more content…
The distinction of sex and gender that was defined is not easily made in reality. A more realistic view of gender an sex is the example given. It makes it seem as though sex and gender are the same thing instead of separate entities. What Beauvoir is trying to make clear in her statement, is the fact that gender is something that has been constructed by culture. It is a false truth; it is not a part of the natural body of a person. Therefore, meaning a person has the ability to employ a gender role outside of the one that has been assigned to their sex. This would seem to imply a sense of freedom in which one may be able to decide their gender. Rather, it is alluding to the idea that a person can be a gender outside of the norms we have prescribed to that person's biological sex. In her saying that one becomes a woman she is implying that the woman does so because she learns through cultural norms what she is supposed to be, and thus has a yearning to do so. This brings about the understanding that this yearning the woman has is not something she was born with. Instead, it was something that she later desired to gain, as a result of cultural construct. Which, Butler would describe as a form of cultural determinism. Taken to its logical limit, the sex/gender distinction suggests a radical discontinuity between sexed bodies and cultural constructed genders" (Butler 6). In butler saying
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