A New Perspective on Gender

Topics: Gender, Male, Female Pages: 2 (782 words) Published: October 5, 2010
My New Perspective on Gender
After reading and pondering on the question of what gender is, my belief is that gender determines what is expected, allowed, and valued in a “man” or “woman.” But now in hindsight, I would have to say that I am so confused about “what gender is.” There are a myriad of viewpoints or ideas about gender and to be honest I can relate to most of them, but I do not necessarily agree with all the perspectives that I have read. I have learned that before you make a stand about something, you should have done some serious research. I stated in my Think Piece that the definition of gender depends on whose perspective you get it from, which I still believe but Webster’s states that gender is the fact or condition of being a male or a female human being, esp. with regard to how this affects or determines a person’s self-image, social status, goals, etc. I believe that men can be better nurtures than some women and they can be just as emotional. And on the flip side of the coin, some women are just as aggressive, domineering, and as physically strong as men; like they have had an overdose of testosterone. The feminist perspective, that gender is socially created, is another thing that I’m on the fence about. I say that because I think that there is a little truth in the adage you are what you live. I will give you a scenario of what I mean; a girl child is adopted into a home where there is nothing but straight males, no females around to teach or train this girl about the things that girls need to know like how to walk, talk, and sit appropriately. What is going to happen to her prior to going to school? A man cannot teach a girl how to be a woman and vice versa. Or like the story about the boy who was raised in the jungle by a den of wolves, he acted just like the wolves because that is all he knew. How can a wolf teach a boy how to be a boy? It is impossible, and that is why I say that the adage “You are what you...
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