The Importance Of Gendering In Western Society

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When a person is gendered they’re gender roles are reinforced by someone or something else. Gendering happens to every person all the time and is practically impossible to avoid. Gendering in itself is not necessarily a bad thing, but it can become bad when it forces people into boxes that they do not want to be in. Constant gendering can also constrict a person’s ability to express their gender and it can harm their gender identity. An example of gendering is the separation of men’s and women’s clothes in stores. The separation of clothes and the type of clothes found in the stores reinforces the gender roles society assigns to men and women and therefore is genders people. Western Society, currently, only recognizes two genders, men and women, …show more content…
In my gender journal I wrote about an experience in which I wanted to put on a good public appearance. There were prospective students on Monday and my coaches wanted to show them dorms rooms so they asked if I would be willing to show my room. I agreed and a group of current students took the prospective students to our dorm and showed them our rooms. The first room they saw is occupied by two boys and also happened to be quite messy. Others, and myself justified the room’s messiness due to the fact that two boys lived in the room. Boys are not expected to have a clean room or to keep up a good public appearance. If two girls had occupied the room there would have been shock and comments over how messy it was. Everyone in that situation was gendered because the gender roles of men not having to be clean and the roles of women cleaning were reinforced. Later that day I told my roommate that our room was shown and she looked at her bed, frowned and said “oh.” She was upset because her bed was messy. Her definition of messy was that the comforter had a few wrinkles in it and the pillows were at the opposite end of the bed. When we were discussing it late in the day with one of our coaches my roommate apologized for her messy bed. The boys did not have a second thought about their messy room but the slightest imperfect upset my roommate to the point of apologizing. Anything less than a perfect appearance, for women, is unacceptable whereas men can live their lives with many imperfections and not be bothered by it, that is a gender role women and men conform

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