Women 's Social Construction Of Gender

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Fred Ward, an American actor, producer and model, once said, “I think we 're struggling with trying to redefine various positions at this point in history. To allow freedom for women, freedom for men, freedom from those sharply defined gender roles.” Ward mentions how much society emphasizes gender to create this social construction of gender, which restricts personal freedoms. Many articles have been written about the social norms of gender, and the differences between men and women. Jamaica Kincaid’s “Girl” (1978) illustrates a conversation with a woman and a young girl about how a girl is to behave. The women advises that the goal is to not be deemed a slut by doing woman’s work, keeping good hygiene and behaving in a respectable manner. Aaron H. Devor’s “Becoming Members of Society: Learning the Social Meanings of Gender” (1989) describes how children see gender and adopts the world’s social construction of gender in terms of behavior, personality and appearance. Michael Kimmel’s ““Bros Before Hos”: The Guy Code” (2008) explains how a man is to behave and appear in terms of competing with other men and asserting dominance as a sex. Kincaid’s “Girl,” Devor’s “Becoming Members of Society: Learning the Social Meanings of Gender” and Kimmel’s “”Bros Before Hos”: The Guy Code” persuade the audience to believe the social constructs that define men and women into completely separate categories, making men the more dominant sex, based on appearance, behavior and job roles.
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