Minor Essay .pdf - Gender roles are the result of...

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Gender roles are the result of culturally constructed standards of masculine and feminine attributes. This essay will investigate the various systems used to exhibit gender as a social structure rather than a result of biology. The information will be supported through the use of Connell’s (2009) theory of gender as ‘a pattern in our social arrangements.’’ It will achieve this by examining the ways which society have assembled gender as a social structure through the study of children’s toys; how toys vary depending on femininity and masculinity. It will also use the example of sports as females are rejected from participating in activities which are deemed ‘masculine.’ The different points made reflect the social structures and expectations of both genders. They both enforce the fact that gender is a social structure rather than biological. Connell writes that ‘’gender must be understood as a social structure. It is not an expression of biology, nor a fixed dichotomy in human life or character. It is a pattern in our social arrangements’’ (Connell, 2009:10). Gender is initiated as a social structure at birth when a doctor labels a child as either ‘male or female.’ A child’s gender determines the foundation of morals and characteristics that they are expected to uphold throughout their lives; for instance, from birth males are dressed in blue clothing and are raised to celebrate masculinity. Parents encourage their sons to participate in physical sports to shape and develop their masculinity.
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