Sexuality and Society Reflection Paper.docx - Daniel Washington Sexuality and Society SOCI 3156 Personal Reflection Conducting research on body language

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Daniel Washington 12/7/2015 Sexuality and Society SOCI 3156 Personal Reflection Conducting research on body language as it relates to social expectations and gender roles was a learning experience for me. I was afforded the opportunity to be a part of a collaborative team where I could share my knowledge on the topic. The most interesting aspect about conducting research on body language in a team was learning how sociology was relevant to conceptualizing the concept of body language. Sociology as a social science delves into how social institutions shape human behavior, and why sociology is so pertinent in regards to explaining body language is because it serves as a baseline for expanding upon the concept of body language. This means that each facet that contributes to the ways in which men and women differ in how they express themselves verbally and nonverbally stems back to the social institutions in which they were socially conditioned. Let’s look at sexuality for instance. The
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Unformatted text preview: ways in which we express our sexuality are contingent upon the gender roles that we become indoctrinated into. At an early age, we all become socialized to conform to the gender roles that are exclusive to our gender identity, and these gender roles shape our behavior in all areas of social interaction. Because gender is so pertinent and heavily ingrained in most societies, it is imperative to educate the youth on how gender indoctrination influences our perceptions of masculinity and femininity. From what I have learned about gender roles, they operate on the basis of structuralizing social interaction, but they could also constrict our fluidity in expressing ourselves and defining gender on our own terms. They can be constrictive because they compartmentalize individuals, especially when they are imposed in a way where a society at large discourages any form of gender expression that deviates from the expected gendered social norms. In terms of sexuality,...
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