Social Construction and Theories of the Body
Gender seems to be determined or PREdetermined as soon as sex is discovered (even
before a baby is born)
Painting a nursery, choosing clothes who decided that pink was for girls, blue
We want to unpack what we mean by “society”
How does it work? Who is responsible?
2 silos: Male and female (biological sex category)
Why only these two, out of all the differences in the world? Unpack these.
Also: How do we interpret biology’s role in who we are/become?
2 sexes: There is a problem here. There are more than 2 sexes!
“Sex is between your legs. Gender is in your head.”
The question is: How does gender get in your head?
Femininity: A group of characteristics that are ascribed to the female sex
Becomes “natural” Very predictable, it is embodied and accepted and eventually
it BECOMES you
Heterosexual is the one characteristic that “belongs” in BOTH silos—but does that
mean attracted to girls? Attracted to boys? Are you a boy? Are you a girl? Both?
In other cultures, there IS variation, there IS fluidity, there is a “rainbow” of gender!
Males: Have testosterone, but also a little estrogen
Females: Have estrogen, but also a little testosterone
And when they’re older they have the same levels. So there is a biological difference, but
how is it chan