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Angela Shamay Response to Chapter 4: Projecting Gender The introduction of this chapter talks about the difference of denotation between gender and sex. Sex is the biological difference between boys and girls, being born with female or male genitalia. Gender concerns a cultural aspect, in which the society determines the difference between masculine or feminine behavior. I never noticed there was a difference between the two words, because I often heard it used interchangeably. “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid is a very short story, literally one sentence long. A sentence with great length, and cleverly composed. I liked this essay because Kincaid’s writing style is unique. She uses repetition and language in a witty way. Every clause in her story reflects upon a doctrine that her society/culture mandates. “This is how you behave in the presence of men who don’t know you very well, and this way they won’t recognize immediately the slut I have warned you against becoming” (Kincaid, 340).
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Unformatted text preview: My favorite story in this chapter is Judith Ortiz Cofer’s “The Story of My Body.” She divides her story into four parts: skin, color, size, and looks. Cofer’s writing has a lot of personal voice, and reflects upon her experiences growing up. Her writing style is humorous and appealing. In her story, little Ortiz faces a lot of prejudices growing up as a Puerto Rican girl in various public and Catholic schools. “I instinctively understood the politics even then; how the not choosing me until the teacher forced one of the team captains to call my name was a coup of sorts—there, you little show-off, tomorrow you can beat us in spelling and geography, but this afternoon you are the loser” (Cofer, 346). This line reflects Ortiz’s recognition that white kids discriminate against her ethnicity, size, color, and looks just because she’s different....
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