femininity and masculinity as single identities’

1059 WordsNov 11, 20135 Pages
We have been asked to look at the following question ‘It is no longer possible in contemporary society to interpret femininity and masculinity as single identities’. Explain and critically assess this view illustrating your answers with reference to sociological theory, concepts and research. From the minute we are born our gender identity begins even thou we are not conscious of it. We are allocated roles, like buying pink clothes, dolls, and teapots for girls, and blue clothes, monsters, and cars for boys. The media create and reinforce gender by publishing separate male and female magazines with the female magazines reporting on real life stories and male ones based mainly on cars, motorbikes and sports etc. Laquer argues that…show more content…
For example we learn human behaviour and our primary socialisation skills from our parents from a young age for example eating habits, speaking, walking standing etc and this can also be seen by parents learning their children to play with toys for example girls watch their parents washes the dishes, hovering and they copy. This is also seen by children copying their mums by wanting to put make up on. Secondary socialisation is behaviour reinforced from many sources for example society, peers, religious institutions, the media and workplace. Secondary socialisation in schools/education is when people learn the norms formal (written) or informal (unwritten), values, what is behaviour is socially accepted and the social limitations and barriers that can be pushed. They are a number of types of feminism, for example a few of them are liberal, marxist, radical and difference. Liberal’s protest against sex discrimination and equality for women in today’s world including in the work place. They want to ensure that women are paid equally as men in the workplace when carrying out the same job roles. Marxist for example Benston protest that women reproduce the labour force. There are a number of factors that can influence a person’s femininity / masculinity some examples of these is religion, education, peers, income and social class etc. All of these things play a role in peoples life’s. The media also play a big part of people’s femininity / masculinity as they
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