Intro to Women's Studies 2010

etsu: 2011-2014

What Makes Us Who We Are

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In class we talked about learning gender; what  makes us male or female. So when do we start to know who/ what we are? Well gender assignment starts in the womb. Doctors can usually tell whether you’re going to be a boy or a girl while you are still in your mothers womb. Then it is usually customary to have a baby shower where people bring gender related gifts. If you are a boy people will usually buy you blue or green clothes with monsters and ‘Daddy’s Boy’ written on them, and if you are a girl, people will bring frilly pink onesies and dolls. So as a society, we start very early with the boy and girl norms. Girls are supposed to play with dolls and grow up to be the nurturing mother that stays home to take care of the family and boys are supposed to be rough and tough and play in the dirt, then grow up to be the money maker for the family and provide financial support. But it doesn’t always work that way. What if a boy wants to play with a doll when he’s growing up? Most parents would think it was okay for the first few years of his life, but once he started to get a little older people would start to say , “Oh he’s feminine” or, “He might end up gay if you condone that type of thing.” But in reality those might not be the case at all. Children need to be curious and figure out what they like when they are young. As they grow older they will start to fall into the more acceptable norms that society has laid out for males and females.

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