Social Construction of Gender..
April 27, 2012 § 3 Comments
Gender is something i had never given much thought. I just thought boys were boys and girls were girls. i didn’t think about that invisible voice saying you need to wear a dress and play with Barbies. Who is that invisible voice? i think that voice is society. Gender has been around forever and is created different in every culture. It is funny how people just fall into their own positions and ‘do gender’ without being told verbally. This does bring up a few issues though. One being gay or lesbian people. For gay or lesbian people, gender is something a little more flexible but not completely acceptable. I feel that women are more accepting of gay people because we will not be judged as a harshly by society. If a gay guy and a straight guy are friends, it is likely that people will assume the straight guy is also gay and this would make him feel de-masculinized. I also think there is some hidden part in men that think women are weak and that gay men take on women-like desires and it makes them weaker. Lorber is right when she says that many people do not think of gender until one’s gender is questionable and then it becomes a guessing game. I feel like i was completely oblivious to this huge cycle i have fallen into. I am glad i can be aware of this concept now.