Essay on Gender Roles And Gender Status

1922 Words May 12th, 2016 8 Pages
Gender is constructed by the society. Although individuals are born sexed, they are not born gendered. Learning is required for individuals to become masculine or feminine. Children learn to talk, walk and gesture according to their social group’s beliefs of how boys and girls should act (Lorber, 1991). Gender is a human production which relies on everyone continual “doing gender” (West & Zimmerman, 1987). The process of gendering involved naming, dressing, and the use of other gender markers. Every society constructs similarities and differences between men and women, and assigns them with different responsibilities and social roles. The gender status shapes life experiences of men and women, these experiences then produce different skills, feelings, motivations and personality characteristics in men and women, so that the members in different groups gradually become different kinds of people, which are the ways of being that people call masculine or feminine, or can be refer to gender stereotypes. These processes represent the social construction of gender. The process of constructing gender status are legitimated by the entire set of values in the society (Lorber, 1991). Gender stereotypes are highly prescriptive in the society (Prentice & Carranza, 2002). In the movie ‘Ma vie en Rose’ (1997), Ludovic is a boy who has great desire to be a girl, therefore he displays behaviors that violates the gender norms in the society. In this essay, I would like to use the social…

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