Sex, Gender, And Gender Essay

1516 Words Aug 28th, 2015 7 Pages
“Sex” and “gender” exist as a manifestation of assigned cultural meanings, social organization and the power of politics, simultaneously form an intricate web of multiple disproportionate strands of difference that is charged with “multifaceted narratives of domination and struggle” (Haraway, 1990:140). According to Garfinkel (1976), sex is the socially agreed upon biological criteria for classifying a person as either male or female at birth, which becomes a significant factor in the collective transformation of bodies to fit physically and psychology into gendered ideals of masculinity and femininity.
In the case of intersexed bodies, where a person’s genitalia, reproductive organs, or chromosomal patterns do not match the accepted medical definition of male or female, physicians are generally able to provide medical intervention and (re)construct the “right genitals” to compliment successful socialization. Gender ambiguities are “curable” and can be “remedied” to conform to the “culturally indisputable gender dichotomy” (Kessler, 1990:24), where the process of gendering is governed by the law, religion, science discourse and societal expectations (Lorber, 1994:46).
Heteronormativity pervades all social institutions and regulates the gender roles, behaviours, appearances and sexualities of, and relationships between men and women, thereby positing the masculine heterosexual man and feminine heterosexual woman as “natural” and the “norm” (Engh, 2011:137). Any variance…

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