Gender And Social Construction Of Gender Essay

2234 Words May 9th, 2016 9 Pages
Introduction We live in a world that lacks understanding regarding gender binaries. Concepts surround gender binaries such as values, beliefs and attitudes from culture to culture. Gender binaries create categorization and regularization of men and women biologically as masculinity and femininity. Sex is a biological characteristic that distinguishes male and female (which is determined by our physical body) while gender is socially constructed and a cultural meaning. Gender is experienced differently and we learn through interactions, media, institutions and religion. Unfortunately, the social construction of society has created norms that individuals unconsciously follow and pass on from one generation to another. With these norms intact, inequality exists in the labour market; it exists in payroll, the wage gap is the outcome; women are employed only in gender-specific job positions and even though they are lucky enough to get the male-dominated jobs, they get treated differently – harassed or discriminated and sexism exist. My focus will be discussing what inequality is and how it is being played because of gender in the labour market, then I will look at the issues of inequality between men and women in the labour force by bringing up the issues about harassment and discrimination in the labour market. I will further look at the experiences of women working in male-dominated occupations to clarify the challenges they face like - the inequality, discrimination in wage…

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