Essay about The Biological View on Gender

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Dr. Strode
English 101:KK
17 September 2010

The Biological and Cultural View on Gender Society has drilled an image into our minds as people of how the role of each gender should be played out. There are two recognized types of genders, a male and a female. Most people come to think that gender is just male or female. Yet it has become more complex then that. Today it is not just that if you have male parts, you are a man, the opposite goes for women. According to the authors Aaron Devor and Deborah Blum. Gender is much more complex then just male and female, it is more socially composed. We are taught to be male and female trough things like media, our parents, and role model figures. These
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Masculinity is characterized by dominance and aggression, Femininity by passivity and submission. Men and women share many of the same characteristics and are designed to do many of the same things. Due to society today men are refrained from several activities and the same goes for women. Devor makes this point when he writes, “Persons who perform the activities considered appropriate for another gender will be expected to perform them poorly; they succeed adequately, or even well, at their endeavors, they may be rewarded with ridicule or scorn for blurring the gender dividing line”(568). Using words like “appropriate” and “endeavors”, Devor means that people are restricted from activities based upon sex. Several activities are scene to be feminine for example a hairdresser. Men who do attempt theses activities and succeed will be scorned upon or culturally red as feminine.
I will now look at the other side of the gender issue. The biological view of gender is represented by Deborah Blum in “the gender blur”. Blum believes that it’s not the culture that determines our human behavior but it is nature. If you are born a male then you are by nature going to be more aggressive then women. Blum believes this idea is not only true for just humans but for all other species to. Blum expresses this idea when she says, “But clearly we can argue a strong influence, and, interestingly,

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