The Importance Of Gender Classifications In Society

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In our capitalistic world today individuals are not valued on their attributes or abilities but on which group of society they are placed in. These groups are categorized by race, wealth and religion but the most important classification is gender. Gender binaries and classifications are what determines the limitations that are placed upon a person. Gender binaries force people to conform to one category when it comes to sex and sexuality or even basic characteristic traits. Gender roles and binaries limit women to the archetypes of the caring mother and the damsel in distress. These archetypes create boundaries for a women’s success in society and allows the the society to stereotype all women to one role. In a patriarchal society dominated …show more content…
Justifying essentialistic views was much easier before the women’s rights movement and before feminist groups called for society to end discrimination and stereotypical classifications. Social construction theory on the other hand challenges the one dimensional portrayal of men and women in society and explores the history of sexual identity to further understand gender differences. The contrast between the behavioural traits of men and women stems from socially constructed gender binaries that stereotype relationships and societal interactions. Social construction challenges our traditional scientific view of gender and sex binaries that classifies sexuality as inherent and based on the biology of a person (Vance, …show more content…
To impose and regulate gender classifications based on stereotypical archetypes the government, or groups that benefit from the inferiority of women, used “science" as a strategy to silence the ones who opposed sexism and the oppression of women. The scientific construction of masculinity and femininity dictates behaviour of men and women in a society which not only leads to the oppression of women but also alienates the ones who do not fit in the two gendered spectrum of of sexuality (Fausto-Sterling, 1997). It is shocking to know that even in todays modern society gender biased laws are regulated and dominate the life of both men and women. A platform that contributes greatly to sexism and sex-gender binaries is the media and our pop culture . Women in media are portrayed as sex objects even if they are in the position of power, the media teaches young girls that only through sexualizing their bodies and degrading themselves they can succeed in this society. Even female politicians are judged on the bases of looks and appearances instead of their education or accomplishments. Although some issues regarding women’s rights are discussed in the media but they only focus on Western ideals of

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