Essay on Gender Is Socially Constructed Through Language

1180 Words Mar 1st, 2016 null Page
The dominant ideas of gender is socially constructed through language, in other words, social construction did not exist on its own, it was merged and formed through human interaction and everyday life. These dominant ideas of how men and women are expected to act have been shaped and controlled since the beginning of time. They have been rooted entirely in culture and continue to have a great impact on both genders. Although these notions may appear natural to the world, there is nothing natural about it, these interrelated beliefs reinforce the status quo and serve the dominant interests of society. Men and women cannot resist the dominant ideas of gender for they were born into it. Society/culture continues to shape the experiences of men and women through enforcing the ideas and fundamental characteristics of gender. Since the beginning of time the world has continued to shape and enforce dominant ideas of gender norms and expectations. A quote by Aristotle “The male by nature superior, and female, inferior; and the one rules, and the other is ruled; this principle, of necessity, extends to all mankind” (p.49), shows how far back these gender norms and roles were established. The bible is another early example that shaped gender roles. The second version out of the five creations of the bible is an origin story where God creates man out of dust and creates women second to men (subordination is natural). He establishes male and the norm because he is created first,…

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