Using The Stage Actor By Goffman 's Book Essays

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1. In interpreting gender, our ability to identify gender contributes and is crucial to if and how we chose to interact with these people. There are signals that we perceive when determining if a person is a man or female; we put them in these categories to make sense of what type of person they are. Sut Jhally claims that when we become confused about our signals in identifying if a person is a man or a woman, than it is impossible to interact with that person. This perhaps may be because we feel uncertain of how to approach them as an individual and communicate with them on the “same level” as some would say. Sut also says that these people in return challenge our cultural system that is reliant on these underlying identifications. When society can’t categorize these people who challenge our perception then “everything seems to fall apart” as Sut describes. As Jhally explains Goffman’s book, he says that it’s about how the “communication of gender takes place”. The use of the stage actor by Goffman is to portray what we think as a society about what is acceptable behavior. Goffman says that “there is nothing natural about gender identity” and that our identity of gender is something that we create ourselves. We grow “into our own skin” as we realize what makes each of us unique as we also learn how to make sense of the world through ourselves. Society can’t define our “true” gender at birth according to Goffman, as we are born into a certain sex, not gender. Goffman…

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