Gender Norm Violation

Topics: Gender, Gender role, Man Pages: 3 (1271 words) Published: September 26, 2010
A masculine man is described as a tough- rigid man that always knows where the nearest weight room is located. Society has created this image in each and every one of us that defines the roles of men and women in everyday life. Further on I will take a deeper look on how an individual’s culture affects his or hers gender identity. Gender stereotypes are a part of our daily routine; they can be seen on television or almost any product in the bathroom. Even better gender stereotypes affect what you wear, what you buy, and who you are. I believe finding a norm to violate that is associated with being a male is far too easy; for instance after reading the Man laws I had countless amount of options. Thinks like two men should never, under any circumstances share the same umbrella or that men can never wear Speedo’s/ banana hammocks. But the gender violation that I decided to partake in was receiving a pedicure. The reason I chose a pedicure, or as I would like to call it “foot maintenance”, is because women are more often found in beauty salons rather than men. Is it true that women take more pride in their appearance and are cleaner than men? I don’t believe so. Before I begin I think I must explain some terms like Gender, Gender Identity, and what a norm is and how they vary between cultures. Gender is often confused with sex so to better understand the difference between the two. I shall define them both. “Sex" refers to the biological and physiological characteristics that define men and women. These characteristics or traits determined by sex should be relatively constant across cultures. Whereas "Gender" refers to the socially constructed roles, behaviors, activities, and attributes that a given society considers appropriate for men and women. These traits and behaviors related to a gender might vary from culture to culture. Now that gender has been defined we can get a better understanding on how I will attempt to violate this socially constructed gender...
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