Gender as a Social Construction

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Ng 1 Sharon Ng Professor Blair-Loy, TA Brynna Jacobson SOCI 1 – A08 18 November 2010 Gender as a Social Construction In the newspaper article, “Swedish Parents Keep 2-Year-Old’s Gender Secret,” a couple of Swedish parents decide to keep their child, Pop’s gender a secret. They believe that a child should be able to grow freely rather than be forced into a specific gender and have to fulfill the expectations imposed on males and females. They also think that if they vary Pop’s wardrobe with boy’s and girl’s clothing, Pop will be able to avoid the preconceived notions of how a male or female should act, and how they should be treated in society. The primary social structure in this reading is gender. There is the concept of gender as a social interaction, or “doing gender.” This is where humans “learn” to be either male or female depending on societal “norms.” Gender also acts as an institution, which influences people’s social processes of daily life and social organizations. The institution of gender usually includes expectations and norms of the male and
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