Fall SOC 1001- Intro to Sociology
TA: Monica Saralampi
Do you “Do” gender too?
“Gender”, as thought of by many people as simply being either “male” or “female”, refers to the social statuses and cultural attributes associated with being male or female (Soc 1001 Lecture 24, Social Construction of Sexuality) and not strictly the different biological distinction. “Sex” is the biological distinction which includes physical differences in the process of reproduction (Soc 1001 Lecture 22, The Social Construction of Gender). Gender is a process that starts even before a child is born and is constantly changed by societal demands and pressures of acting and dressing in one way or the other depending on what gender one defines …show more content…
A person’s sex is determined by their physical aspects, whether they have a penis or a vagina, and by their chromosomes which they have at birth (Soc 1001 Lecture 22, The Social Construction of Gender). Sometimes, though, people may fall outside of the two “main” sexes and be born as an intersex person, then given the choice to identify as male, female or neither (Psy 3666 Human Sexuality Lecture 10, Sex Education and Sexual Orientation), but are typically assigned a sex at birth via surgery and/or hormonal intervention (Soc 1001 Lecture 22, The Social Construction of Gender). Not only do intersex individuals have the choice to identify themselves as they please, everyone has a choice as to what they want to be identified as no matter if a surgery had taken place or …show more content…
Most people, though, do naturally and unconsciously “do” the gender they associate themselves with, and negative sanctions should not be imposed on those who do not follow the societal gender norms of acting and/or behaving tough and “manly” as males are socialized to do and putting on makeup and having more of a gentle tough as females are told by society to do. The men Judith Lorber saw carrying infants on the bus and subway both received approving smiles from other citizens who were also “doing” gender, but they noticed