Gender and the Body - Anthropology 1001

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Gender and The Body ANTH100C Gender and the body are both socially constructed ideas that inform society how they should act and how they should look. Since they are both socially constructed they will mean different things depending on the culture and society that you belong to. While different genders face different body related issues society pressures each gender in its own way. Cultural standards of gender and the body can be hard to meet. While they effect everyone differently they lead to my personal battle with anorexia. Many men and women go to extreme lengths to meet society’s demands. Looking at this example through the three bodies paradigm we will be able to more precisely see where the cultural and societal pressures of gender and the body lead us. Gender is defined as the socially constructed behaviors, roles and attributes that society considers to be acceptable (Course Notes, 2015). It is known to be a social construction because it encompasses all of the ideals and expectations that we believe to be appropriate for each gender based on our society. In different societies these roles, ideals and behaviors differ. For example in some cultures women are not allowed to work, which is something, that used to true in Western culture as well but is no longer the case. However in many other cultures men are still expected to work while women are expected to stay home with their children and are not allowed to work in a formal setting. The body can be defined as a composition of flesh, blood and bones (Delaney & Kaspin, 2011, p.208).that allow us to be present on earth. Our bodies give us the ability to occupy space and interact with others (Delaney & Kaspin, 2011, p.207). While the body is something that many individuals believe is a universal concept it is not. Much like gender the body is also a socially constructed concept. Every society

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