Journal 3 Mariscal

Journal 3 Mariscal - Ng 1 Sharon Ng Professor Mariscal, TA...

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Ng 1 Sharon Ng Professor Mariscal, TA Reece Peck DOC 1 – A04 08 November 2010 Journal #4 In an excerpt from “The Social Construction of Gender,” Judith Lorber challenges a naturalistic conception of gender and argues that it is a social construction and an evolving process that perpetuates and reforms a collectively shared view of the hegemonic ideals of masculinity and femininity. Although sex is fixed and universal, Lorber claims that gender contrasts because it is not biologically based and changes relative to social and cultural locations. She also stresses that gender works to reinforce a type of social hierarchy and inequality. It is socially accepted that men are the dominant figures in society, while women are subordinates of them. Lorber also illustrates that the process of gender exhibits intersectionality by explaining that masculine and feminine roles are socially perpetuated and cultural, depending on a person’s class, generation, and native land. The process of gender is intersectional to and works through other social roles, like class and race. Lorber states that “since gender is also intertwined with a society’s other constructed
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