Intro to Women's Studies 2010

etsu: 2011-2014

The Social Construction of Gender/ Judith Lorber/ pg. 142-144

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Lorber’s perspective on how society creates genders upon others really opened my eyes to how ‘normal’ we see gender. To most, gender is a white or black ordeal. We’re male, or we’re female; at birth we wear pink or we wear blue. Gifts are given that are ‘male’ or ‘female’ at an early age (toy truck or a Barbie); society directs us at a specific gender whether we agree or not right at the get go. Asides from babies being constructed a gender, parenting and laborers are gendered as well. Lorber states that there are “…different expectations for mothers and fathers, and people of different genders work at different kinds of jobs”. It is true that based on your gender, class, and race, many have different job titles, higher or lower at times solely based on this. As much as I do agree with Lober’s point of view, of how “poor women of color” typically hold the lowest jobs on the totem pole, at the same time I see people in the world without a gender, sometimes I feel as women we may sit around and dwell on all this supposed “oppression” we have instead of fighting it. Sure, most hotel maids are women, and sure, a majority of theses women may have no choice but to work “those types of jobs”, at the same time, I refer back that we’re all humans, it’s up to us to make the most out of our lives. There are men who work jobs that they do not wish to work but do because of the circumstances they face. However, the role of playing stay at home mom, to cook, to clean, to bear children is solely placed on women. I see Lober’s views but at times I feel as though it’s too extremist for me. However, her idea of how society impacts the role of gender really changed my point of view on many things. It was an interesting take.

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