SOCY1016 PAPER - Matt Shirk 2/7/08 Sex, Gender &...

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Matt Shirk 2/7/08 SOCY: 1016 Gender as a Product of Interaction
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In society today, there are many views, pressures and theories relating to gender and sex. Some scholars believe that gender is simply a product of biology, a predetermined identity derived from “what’s between our legs.” But the social constructionist perspective would argue that gender is the product of social interaction. According to this school of thought, gender is not a thing one possesses but rather a set of activities one does. In The Gendered Society , Kimmel states, “We do not simply inherit a male or female sex role, but we actively – interactively— constantly define and redefine what it means to be men or women in our daily encounters with one another.” We are not simply biologically programmed to behave a certain way, instead we respond to the world we encounter and the interactions we have to create a gendered identity within the constraints of social institutions. I will seek to explain gender as a product of interactions by describing a personal interaction I had in which I felt I was “doing gender.” The situation I will use for this example takes place earlier this fall when I was on a hike with a female friend of mine. We casually wandered off a trail near Chautauqua Park to forge our own path. After enjoying the gorgeous sunset with our feet dangling off the precarious edge of a protruding cliff, we decided to make
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course SOCY 1016 taught by Professor Mollborn during the Spring '08 term at Colorado.

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SOCY1016 PAPER - Matt Shirk 2/7/08 Sex, Gender &...

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