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How is gender performed?

Gender is performed through the way people dress their kids. The color that is chosen for the baby’s room or the toys that the baby plays with, is all part of gender being performed. From an early age a newborns gender is decided for them. You can divide gender into two parts: the adolescent and also the person’s adult hood. Now a day, some people change their gender and become the opposite sex. There are different words for the gender changes: transsexuals are those who undergo sex-change surgery; transvestites are those who dress in the opposite genders clothes. According to Lorber this would be called gender bending and she explains how she perceives how people perform gender. Risman explains her three levels of differentiation and she incorporates it with how she thinks people perform gender. Gender is something so routine and everyone does it everyday.

Judith Lorber writes in her essay “Night to his day” a Social Construction of Gender that gender is like culture, and humans are always doing it. Moreover, “Gender is a routine of everyday life … gender is consistently created and re-created out of human interaction, out of social life, and is the texture and order of that social life” (Lorber, pg 96). Lorber is saying that humans doing gender is so typical and common that it is like fish talking about water, and that everyone does it without thinking about it. I can relate to this because I was not aware that I was doing gender until I was assigned this reading. Lorber explains that doing gender can be something as simple as labeling a baby as a boy or a girl. She herself did gender when she thought that the baby wearing the baseball cap was a boy, because boys typically wear the baseball caps, however she was wrong and it turned out to be a girl. The role of who takes care of the baby now in days is also doing gender, and in our modern society traditional roles are broken and those roles change all the time. Take for instance...
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