Reflective Essay On Gender

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After taking the gender studies course, I have learned many concepts and issues, which I would not even think about them if I did not study them. Many insightful ideas and inspiring standpoints such as knowledge is socially situated, have completely changed my mind about how and why the world is being like the way it has always been. The most powerful idea that I have learned is that gender is not how we born to be, but how we express it (Lucal, 1999, p. 1). I understand that the gender depends on individuals’ behaviors, speaking and experiences. By understanding the concepts, I have learned better constructed views and knowledge about my gender and power structures in society.
Gender was an ambiguous term for me. I identify myself as a middle-class,
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The social system also shaped every villager that everyone had to obey its norms and understand it as it was the only justified institution. Johnson (1997) states that “To live in a patriarchal culture is to learn what is expected of men and women-to learn the rules that regulate punishment and reward based on how individuals behave and appear” (p. 75). I identified myself as a heterosexual boy, which was accepted by the social system. I was also the majority part in my village compare with DouDou, and was rewarded by the system to keep my status in the village; DouDou was punished for not following rules. Lorber (1991) points out that “As a social institution, gender is a process of creating distinguishable social statuses for the assignment of rights and responsibilities” (p.66). In this point, DouDou did not have the right to stay in the village for “not taking responsibilities” and not obeying the gender binary norm. As my social status was middle-class and “normal kid”, I was accepted and be allowed to stay in my …show more content…
Before I came to America, all I know about the United States are Hollywood movies and the history of invading China, which America participated to join the United Army of eight countries. Because of Chinese modern history, both China and Chinese have been oppressed and discriminated widely across the world, even after the World War two. Racial discrimination can be seen in language, names to call Chinese in 1940s, “Chinks” and “Chinos”; it can also be seen on restaurant signs in Shanghai, 1840s, “No dogs and Chinese allowed”. Another reason of discrimination is poverty. Due to the extremely low Chinese economy, education would not be affordable for the most of Chinese at that time, so that Chinese had lower social status than western people and sometimes showed lack of manners and decency. Therefore, oppression and discrimination against Chinese people in modern history were made of two sections, race and class. Two sections overlap each other and cannot be divided evidently; if one Chinese is oppressed in another culture, not only because the race is Chinese, but also the class, the social status is not respected by

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