Monday, January 16, 2012

Study of Gender

Over the last five years gender education has been more widely expected and studied, but why? Why did it take so long for people and our culture to realize that gender communication study was important? The 1st book was only written in 2006, merely six years ago. This field of study can teach us so much about people by learning about masculine and feminine communication and cultural views. Survey's can only say so much though because everyone is different.

I didn't realize how much gray area there is within gender studies. I honestly hadn't even thought about the different between sex and gender. Sex is a whole lot less complicated though, but sex can only say weather biologically you're a girl or a boy. I was curious to see what other people had to say about gender though. Depending on the context, characteristics vary from sex and social roles. Sexologist John Money  introduced the distinction between biological sex and gender as a social role in 1955. Gender isn't based on weather you are a boy or a girl, it is based on social context. Gender is something that is learned. Society stresses gender stereotypes. How we are "suppose" to dress, speck, act are all learned.

But gender is changing. Transgendered and transsexual individuals are more excepted now than 15 years ago, but that doesn't mean we are perfect. Things are always changing. If we never challenged social views, where would our society be now? Even within cultures, things are always changing and being challenged. You can't simply clump all men or all women together...we fight back.

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