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Maura Lieberman Professor Cohen Gender in America Paper Number One 2-17-11 Gender as a Social Construction Sex and gender: interchangeable words or completely different terms? One may easily confuse the two commonplace words that are frequently seen on job applications, college applications, and much, much more. The two do not, however, go hand-in-hand. Sex is one’s anatomic body parts, whereas gender is the way in which one is socialized and presents themselves. In my opinion, gender is a social construction. The other three theoretical perspectives include biology, psychology, and culture. I do not believe that any of these have an effect on determining gender. Yes, one is born a boy or girl, but that does not determine who they are. Gender is not physiological because women do not “desire” to have a penis or “spread their seed,” as Kohlberg put it. Gender is not cultural because I believe that sex and gender and not interchangeable words and gender do not have to do with biology. According to Dictionary.com, socially constructed means, “a social mechanism,
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This note was uploaded on 03/24/2011 for the course WOMEN'S S 851-06 taught by Professor Cohen during the Spring '11 term at Temple College.

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