critical response number four - gender in society..compat

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Lauren Salzman Critical Response # 4 Unique Name: Lisalz Gender is socially constructed which is validated from the instant a human being is brought into this world. From the minute a baby leaves its mother’s womb it is classified immediately by gender. It doesn’t nearly stop there because infants are a crawling advertisement for their gender by the clothing they wear and the toys they carry around. I do think some characteristics of boys and girls are innate; however, many of them are learned. Many qualities of both males and females are constructed by society itself on what is perceived to be socially acceptable for each gender in particular. Our culture shapes much of what is considered to be masculine or feminine behaviors which if not innate, are learned by individuals early on in life either through experimentation or teaching. Women and men alike have roles and expectations that they need to fulfill and live up to solely because that is what society expects them to do. It is interesting when Anderson discusses the difficulty in finding a gender-neutral present.
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