Social Construction of Gender Essay

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Social Construction of Gender


Today’s society plays a very important role in the construction of gender. Gender
is a type of issue that has raised many questions over the years in defining and debating if both male and female are equal. Today gender is constructed in four different ways. The
first way gender is defined is by the family in which a child is raised. Second is the society in which a child interacts; makes friends and enemies. The third is our school system and our board of education. And the last but not least is our own self conscious. Each of the above four ways have a unique way of molding and helping an individual define his/her gender.

Lets take the first one in perspective. The family is a very
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If we look back 20-30 years ago, not many
women had jobs or financial responsibility. Today almost every women has a job and
contributes toward their family’s income. But the jobs that they have can define gender.
For example most female jobs include, nurse, clerks, teacher, maid, baby sitter, and others. But the point is that female oriented jobs are less physical and have more emotional ties to it then male jobs.

The third factor that constructs gender is school and the educational system. This
factor usually contributes during a teen year and in college or other educational system. In schools and colleges athletic department defines gender in the most obvious ways. For
example it is very highly unlikely to see a football team with female player/players in it. Yes, there are sports which has both male and female teams like tennis, soccer, basketball, baseball/softball. But male teams get more publicity and are backed up with a richer financial budget them female team. Homosexuality is highly discouraged in school and those who are homosexual are looked down and made fun of and neglected.

The last but the most critical factor that construct or gender role is our self
conscious and the sense of being accepted. Ever since you are little child you have been
molding yourself to become what the your family and society expects you to be. When
you grow old you know exactly what…

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