The Social Construction of Gender
January 23, 2012 § 4 Comments
After reading chapter 11, I had to step back and think about for 22 years how this has always been normal for me to never second guess or ask why girls wear pink and boys wear blue. My brother and sister -in -law are about to have their first child, a baby girl. I realize as we prepare for the baby shower, everything is pink. Why have we for so long associated girls with pink? Growing up with two older brothers I remember when I was old enough to make my own decisions, I hated the color pink and would much rather wear boy clothing than girl. But why was it a big deal? What ever made us create things for boys and girls and not a gender friendly medium?
This chapter has really made me think about my everyday life. I soon realized that the construction of gender really takes part in our choices about others. One of my best friends has been talking to this guy but refuses to date him because he is just too feminine. She was raised on a tobacco farm and in every aspect is a “tom boy”, he on the other hand, was raised by his mother growing up. He likes to cook, bake and clean, and she likes to turn wrenches and fix cars. She hates the fact that she is manlier than him. Another thing that came to mind after reading this was one of my good guy friends. He has longer hair than some one my girl friends, and is considered “gay” by other guys because of the way he wears his hair. This goes for girls too, because a woman chooses to cut her hair short she can sometimes be referred to as a “lesbian”. Why have we constructed gender by the way someone looks, by the things they like and by what they wear?