Social Construction (continued)
All major identifications of positionality can be considered social constructions (Ex:
gender, sex, class, race, sexuality)
Depends on social context and location
Invisible structures hold together these boxes
Question: Is social construction necessarily good or bad?
Theory of Functionalism: Without boxes, you get “role confusion”, therefore
boxes are necessary for function. Do we agree with this? (No)
Social constructions are internalized, embodied They become part of you, or you
We police eachother’s bodies and roles as well
With change comes instability the thing about functionality is that it increases
“consensus” and decreases “conflict”
Question: How is gender embodied?
Gender is embodied in the way we move in physical space, conduct ourselves in
How do we make bodies/minds masculine/feminine?
Children’s games: Playing the “sports field of gender”
Where are the similarities between Barbies and Sea Monsters? Why do
we only see differences?
In Lorber Reading: There is a parent who says he took a class in
college and at the time believed the sexes were the same, but now
that he has kids he “knows they are different”
This is an example of TRANSMISSION (from parents to
kid but also from kids to parents)
He has on glasses, so to speak. But whose glasses
Creation of Binaries
The binary is a social construct.
We create a fake divide between male and female. Qualities are then
attributed to people. In turn we internalize this and people