The Importance Of Gender Binaries

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Introduction We live in a world that lacks understanding regarding gender binaries. Concepts surround gender binaries such as values, beliefs and attitudes from culture to culture. Gender binaries create categorization and regularization of men and women biologically as masculinity and femininity. Sex is a biological characteristic that distinguishes male and female (which is determined by our physical body) while gender is socially constructed and a cultural meaning. Gender is experienced differently and we learn through interactions, media, institutions and religion. Unfortunately, the social construction of society has created norms that individuals unconsciously follow and pass on from one generation to another. With these norms intact, …show more content…
Women in male-dominated occupations face unique challenges and use distinct coping strategies affecting their motivation and retention in these occupations. It is evident that till today many jobs are 'gendered ', this means that some jobs are built in or believed to be for men while some for women. There are many characteristics that we associate with men and women which then translate into the types of work we expect to find men and women in. Some of these traditional characteristics associated with women’s work can include assistance, nurturing, and listening. While non-traditional characteristics would include dominance, handy work, and prestige which are often associated with men. For example, men are seen in the “blue collar” or “white collar” work like managerial/boss positions, engineering and so on while the women are often seen in “pink collar jobs” like nursing, teaching and so on. Men are also streamed into occupations that involve math, science, business, and trade and women are associated with jobs that include ‘assisting’ such as clerical work and health sector jobs which include nursing. The issue is not only the fact that there is such a separation within these jobs but that when women are found in traditionally male …show more content…
In society, there is a division of labour based on sex – some work identified as for the men and others for he women. When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a Lawyer or a detective, little did I know then that there was such a problem with becoming a Lawyer or a detective. Problems like wage gap, discrimination in the getting high positions and the media representation. Like me, there are other who wants to grow up and become a police officer for the reason that they would help people and put the “bad people” in jail. They did not realize they will often face harassment, intimidation and discrimination. Also in the engineering section, I was made to believe that it was only guys who could do it, not knowing that it was just a sexist belief. Last year during the summer, I worked in a warehouse where products like Kellogg 's were made, in the work, guys (they were known has heavy) are told to either go to the sections where they had to carry kinds of stuff or operate the machines while the girls were made to open old boxes of the products and fill into the new packs. Sometimes when I was placed in the back to deal with the finish packed products, I was either assigned a male to help carry them or some males would offer to help like I wasn 't strong enough or rather they used those opportunities to talk to me. There were a lot of sexist talk from the males to the females but those use to it just laugh it off. A week to the

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