Examine the extent to which social divisions are socially constructed. Use either gender or ethnicity to construct and illustrate your argument. Society is constructed through several social divisions, one of these being divisions being gender. Gender can be defined as a ‘socially determined difference based upon the biological differences between the sexes’ (Marsh et al, 2006: 216). Fulcher & Scott (2011) believe gender to examine the differences between men and women in relation to feeling, thinking and behaving.
Once a child's gender is evident, others treat those in one gender differently from those in the other, and the children respond to the different treatment by feeling different and behaving differently. Pg. 122 The process of gendering and its outcome are legitimated by religion, law, science and the society’s entire set of values. Pg. 122 As a process, gender creates the social differences that define “woman” and “man.” In social interaction throughout their lives, individuals learn what is expected, see what is expected, act and react in expected ways, and thus simultaneously construct and maintain the gender order pg.
The question to be looked at is ‘What does it mean to be a woman?’Although there has been some progress in the past 30 years, particularly in women’s education and employment equality, there are still many inequalities and also more inconspicuous issues affecting the women of today including domestic violence and rape and sexual abuse and I would like to look further into this. So, what does it mean to be female in today’s society? Though there has been some improvement in gender equality, women are still oppressed. Today’s women earn one-tenth of the worlds income, occupy only 18% of seats in the worlds parliaments, comprise two-thirds of the exploited informal workforce, and for women aged 15-44 gender violence accounts for more deaths and disability than cancer, malaria, traffic accidents and war (World Health Organisation 2005). Studies show women are paid less even when doing the same job with the same experience as their male counterparts
How do gender and sex contribute to the concepts and constructions of masculinity and femininity? Gender and sex contribute to the concepts and constructions of masculinity and femininity in many ways. Gender and sex concepts and constructions of masculinity and feminity of being able to tell the difference between the two. They show them as being completely different like males being the protector and the ladies as being caring and emotional Do our concepts of gender and sex contribute to the ways we embrace gender and sex in diversity? I feel that our concepts of gender and sex contribute to the ways we embrace gender and sex in diversity.
By the time we reached late childhood and adolescence our concept of gender identity and sexual orientation is firmly entrenched (Wood, 2010). Our behavior, aspirations and attitudes is also strongly influenced by the gender role expectations in particular cultures. This essay will relate, contrast sex and gender in society and how important it is for sociologists to distinguish them both. The term “sex” is the natural biological genetic makeup that distinguishes males from females and in particular the sexual organs and their characteristics. Bodies are, so we think, natural, God- given, sacred, hardwired.
Although it is not those who raise one whom are to blame for gender inequality. Gender inequality begins during the history of how evolution caused us to be segregated of the two groups of male and female. As an outcome of these gender roles came the affect of gender inequalities, in Family households and in the Workplace. As my research hopes to show, that I believe gender inequalities are learned through ones family and are reflected in the workplace. History of how evolution taught us to have Gender roles The history of how we came to be starts in the early ages of the Homo erectus.
Herland, Gender Expectations in Society The cultural and social setting affects the acceptance of gender expectations is a society. The role that men and women play in society is influenced by the expectations of each and is formed over time. Traditions are created and are difficult to transform when there needs to be adjustments in these beliefs and philosophies. Different societies view women and men’s roles in various ways. Although fictional, in the book Herland, the men arrive in a different society and each man responds in different ways to what they perceive as foreign culture, “there was no accepted standard of what was ‘manly’ and what was ‘womanly’” (Gilman79).
The theory I chose to research is known as the Genderlect Theory, invented by Debrah Tannen. This theory focuses on the differences in the ways men and women speak. Communication between genders happens everyday and with this theory genders will be able to understand why men and women speak differently which is vital in the everyday life (Stikpala, 2). It is essential for men and women to communicate effectively. The Genderlect Theory serves a great example of the communication used in the 1989 movie, When Harry Met Sally.
The gender gap in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) has been an enduring problem, and new research shows that the gap is widening. Washington Post Op-Ed writer Catherine Rampell discusses one potential reason for this in her article, “Women should embrace the B’s in college to make more later”. The author presents her case based on new research showing that women in fact hate getting B’s. Rampell’s thesis positions that women are selling themselves short by fixating on grades (1). If women’s grades decline in STEM, economics, or other quantitative fields, women often switch majors to pursue more forgiving humanities degrees.
Released by Future of Sex Education Initiative in January 2012. Currie also talks about helth professionals being a key player in ensuring standards guide in sexuality education.Currie also talks about different people being important in the studies of sex education. This source helped me in my research because the source writes about what people are important in the research and who can help teenager understand more. Also the article talks about what makes a good person a friend