1 LeggettAnslee LeggettDr. BrayWISe 1015 November 2018Gender, Race, and Class in Silver SparrowGender, race, and class are discussed all throughout the book Silver Sparrow, by Tayari Jones. Though these are very mild topics throughout the text, the two characters stand out and represent these topics the most are James Witherspoon and Gwendolyn Yarboro. James Witherspoon is a bigamist. He has two families. One wife and daughter are in the public eye; the other wife and daughter are left a secret. Gwendolyn Yarboro, known throughout the text as Gwen, is the secret wife of James. She works as a cashier in a store for the first part of Silver Sparrow, and she later works as a nurse. While topics of gender, race, and class are important, one must understand the meanings of these topics in order to feel the emotions of each character and know why and how these characters feel. The world, society, and communities feel strongly about one gender over another, as well as one race compared to another, and higher classes are more looked upon than lower classes are. In order to change how the world thinks of these things, the world must understand that gender, race, and class do not fully describe who a person is. Gender is not just male or female. Gender is what the world, or the person themself, thinks a person is. Gender can be anything from how a specific person dresses to how that personshould dress based on what society says. For example, society says that females are supposed to wear dresses and skirts; on the other hand, society says males are supposed to wear pants, suits, and ties. Females often wear pants and shorts. In some societies, like Scotland, men wear kilts.
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2 LeggettThis also brings up another point: sex and gender are not the same thing. Sex is the biological features of a person, and gender is how a person is seen or sees themself as. Allen Johnson, the author of the article “The Gender Knot: Traveling Our Patriarchal Legacy, states, “Having a clitoris is about sex; ideas and practices about the clitoris are matters of gender”(56).
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