January 28, 2013
“Rooster at the Hitchin’ Post”
Gender, is it preordained or learned? With today’s society there are many complexities when trying to understand gender and what it really means to define it. The stereotypes of what are femininity and masculinity have been set for ages. Who is to say that everyone should or will fall into a stereotype? Women don’t have to wear dresses and enjoy shopping, men don’t have to play sports and be rugged, and not all do. In the essay “Rooster at the Hitchin’ Post” the author, David Sedaris, uses both himself and his brother as examples to show that Sedaris suggests that gender is how you chose to be. Having similar experiences as a child not being able to meet up to female standards in the eyes of my mother and my brother being a more epitome child than myself, I agree with his position.
In “Rooster and the Hitchin’ Post” Sedaris starts off the essay by describing both him and his brother as children. Sedaris is very clean more mindful of his words and more in touch with his feelings, his brother Paul, on the other hand was rough, showed little emotion and loved to go and play sports. Despite the efforts of Sedaris and his sisters Paul was the perfect son his dad had always wanted. His father finally had a tough son that loved sports and was very active in them. While Paul was outside or spending time with his father, Sedaris preferred to keep company with his sisters and mother. Sedaris enjoyed being clean and had more manners and enjoyed being able to have meaningful conversations with the females. Paul and their father always had so much in common while Sedaris always felt out of place when trying to spend time with them.
Growing up my mother tried to mold me into her ideal girl, the kind of girl that spends most of her time in the kitchen and spends her weekends painting her nails and finding new hair styles. Much like Sedaris’s father tried to do with him with his attempt at manly moments...
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