Gender as a Process of Social Construction

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Gender as a process of social construction As part of our society, we have classified the “natural” differences between sexes as gender. The classification of female and male is also contingent with age; we have boys and girls, men and women, grandfather and grandmother ( Goldberg and Adriano, 2007). We have become so accustomed to the classification of male and female that we tend to interpret gender strictly as a biological state of being. When examining the idea of gender it is easy to interpret it as a simple phenomenon. That is, gender is widely perceived as simply being a natural occurrence that happens at birth. Yet, studying gender as a social-economic driver rather than just a natural phenomenon, allows us to understand that there is more to gender than simply human nature. In reality gender is continually been re-created through” human interactions, and is the texture and order of social life”. In other words, we identify the differences between male and a female based on the behavior each one of these respective statuses constitutes in our social life. Personally, I define gender as a human production that depends on everyone constantly “doing” gender. What do I mean with this statement? That gender relies heavily on social-economic patterns. What is meant by the social construction of gender? Simply, that gender takes part in every aspect of our daily lives. In a social-economic system which relies on the allocation of scarce resources, on the compatibility of individuals skills in the workforce, leadership skills and overall survival instincts, gender plays an important role in all these components. The social construction of gender is the idea that gender is constructed through society and the systems we have formed. In other words, gender construction and social construction work hand in hand, in which our functions in society have a direct
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