becoming what the society wants us to be…

Book: Gendered Lives- Communication, Gender, & Culture

Author: Julia T. Wood

Chapter 1

Our society has become a place of HIS and HERS. We have become identified of who we are ,what we do , and how we do it. Several issues are faced with gender in Chapter 1. Woods put it in good words where she says ” Terms such as “women” and “men” are trouble-some because they imply that all women can be grouped together and all men can be grouped together.” The way gender has been categorized has influenced the way one another communicated. What has always fascinated me was the way people categorize certain characteristics in regards to gender. For instance characterisitcs of a “tomboy”. What makes a girl a “tomboy”? In some cases this can be carried even farther where “tomboy” can be turned into lesbian. Again, the same goes for guys as well. If a guy posses femi characeristics they are automatically referred as “gay”. In this day and age gender overall has become a very misleading topic. Sexual orientation is a topic that is brought to discussion very quickly and turn ones reputation into something that can be misleading.

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Discussion Questions-

1) Will women always be seen as the “lower” of the two genders and is that why they are always seen as so insecure?

2) What other ways are our culture attached to our gender and how do we believe it is going to be in the future?


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