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characteristics are due to cultural or social factors, and therefore, the product of socialization experiences. On the other hand, to what extent of gender differences are due to biological and physiological differences? I guess that is where the lifelong debate of nature verses nurture comes into play. Barbara Risman from North Carolina State University sums it up well when she says, “We need to conceptualize gender as a social structure, and by doing so, we can better analyze the ways in which gender is embedded in the individual, interactional, and institutional dimensions of our society.”(3) I think it’s clear to us all that gender clearly plays a role in making us who we are. However, I don’t think we understand or realize how much of “gender” really influences everything we do as humans and members of society. By seeing gender as a social structure, we can put it up there with the other trillium of importance such as economics and politics to really get to the bottom of the mechanics of humanity. (1) - Sexuality, Gender Identity Author: Shuvo Ghosh, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Updated: May 19, 2009 (2) Risman Barbara, 2004. “Gender as a Social Structure: Vol. 18, No. 4, pp. 432 (3) Gender As a Social Structure-Theory Wrestling with Activism Barbara J. Risman- North Carolina State University
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  • Spring '12
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  • Sociology, Barbara J. Risman

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