In “Blue is for Boys, Pink is for Girls: Just ‘cause” the interviewees say that pink is for girls because that is how they are raised and what they are to believe because of parents and society; proving that masculinity and femininity are reinforced through social interactions even from a young age and with a such a simple concept that pink is for girls. In Leslie Feinbergs, “We Are All Works in Progress” she shares how she was locked up for dressing in a suit and tie and for no other reason if Feinberg was dressed in a dress she would not have been imprisoned that night but because of societal views of what is acceptable women and men she was incarnated. In “Your Behavior Creates Your Gender” Judith Butler explains that traditional gender roles can limit the quality of life for some people starting at a young age. For example, if a child does not act in a way that is in line with the social norms of their gender they could be bullied,
threatened, or asked by their parents why they are not “normal.” If we did not have traditional gender roles children would have no limit on who they could become when they are older.
- Spring '14
- Sociology, social construction, Judith Lorber