Essay about Gender as a Social Construct

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When thinking about the colors blue and pink, the very first connotation for many people that arises is the sex of a child. The tradition of wrapping a baby boy with a blue towel and wrapping a baby girl with a pink towel has been carried on from generations to generations to the point that society has failed to recognize its arbitrary societal norm. Today’s feminists believe that the term gender and the act of gendering are nurtured from birth until societal norms and expectations are indoctrinated into the brains of individuals. Parents and society categorizing humans based on their sex do not end with colors nor does it end at childhood. The idea of gender being the result of social construction can be portrayed immensely in various …show more content…
According to Simone de Beauvoir, “one is not born, but rather becomes a woman” because people (not exclusively women) absorb certain habits and attitudes that is the best reflection of their sex. Due to the fact that gender is not a quality of human’s innate traits and desires, but rather, society’s expectations, academics use the word ‘gender’ as a verb rather than a noun. Hence, to do gender or gendering, is to adjust one’s behaviors in order to fulfill social norms. As a result of gendering, gender has transformed into an institution that is heavily linked to every social aspect of everyday life.
Language and communication play a critical role in constructing gender and it is not limited to the English language. Within a sample of ten different languages, ranging from French, Arabic, English and more, male-specific nouns comprised of sixty-five percent while the remaining thirty-five percent were female-specific nouns. Feminists view language as a form of patriarchy and believe language is essential for men maintaining power. Those in power (men) have the ability to explicitly express their views, however, if those without power (women) express the same value in equal manner, they are considered to be ‘rude’, ‘abrasive’ and ‘masculine’. Given that the dominant culture of male supremacy over women have been indoctrinated by society, women must conform to the mainstream values of…

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