The Field Of Gender And Gender Essay

754 Words May 19th, 2016 4 Pages
The field of Gender and Women’s studies examines how race, class, gender, sex, and sexuality play a role in people and society. This field looks at the differences between white males and black males, white women, and black women, and transgender and homosexual interactions. Each of these categories allows for an understanding of the historical disadvantage minority people have and deviant people in our society. Two texts from this semester that explain and relate the field of gender and women’s studies to race and gender are Kimmel’s “Masculinity as Homophobia” and Lorde’s “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House.” Through Kimmel’s explanation of male power in society and Lorde’s claim that feminism needs to be inclusive of more than white women, I am able to explain and comprehend the broad field of Gender and Women’s studies. In “Masculinity as Homophobia” Kimmel’s main idea is that what it means to be a man is socially constructed, taught, and reinforced in young boys into their adulthood. This concept makes men behave and dress in ways that reassert their manliness. They always have to prove that their not becoming feminine. Kimmel’s analysis correlates to the field of gender and women’s studies in many ways. Kimmel manages to explain the origin of male power in society while also examining how it plays a role in minority and women’s lives. Male fear of losing power is the origin of male violence, male hate of feminism, and the disadvantage that…

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