Do We Learn Our Gender

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Do we learn our gender?
This essay will look at the question of whether we learn our gender. It will begin by looking at the sociological meaning and interpretations of gender and how this is important. Following the discussion of how socialization plays a vital role in the argument of if we do learn our gender or not. Further to this it shall look at how gender roles have changed, comparing in particular pre-1960 to the modern day and also what key factors played crucial roles in this change. Throughout this essay the work and views of different sociologists will be relied upon in order to provide a detailed discussion in the analysis of the question.
Firstly to understand the question the meaning of gender has to be depicted. The
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It is important to look back in history to see how and if we learn our gender. If we do learn our gender then how comes today we are confronted with such a distorted and increasingly difficult to define male and female gender role? One of the most important periods to look at would be the 1970’s. This time saw a substantial change and difference to that of the typical pre-1960’s sociologist views. Prior to this it was typically seen that women were to be the carers and the men were to be the providers. Many things contributed to the abolishment of this traditional view, largely due to the acts of the women’s liberation movement. Throughout the 1960-70’s protest, petitions and strikes were held in order to gain women equal rights and bring them more freedom. In 1970 the Equal Pay Act made it illegal to pay women less than men for the same work, in 1971 four thousand women took part in the first women’s liberation march in London, following this in 1975 The Sex Discrimination Act made it illegal to discriminate against women in places of work, education and training. All of which were largely influenced by the women’s movement. These events brought equality between women and men and started to dissolve the discrimination put upon their heads. In relation to the question of whether we learn our gender these facts relate to the argument of whether we depict our gender ourselves, without external compulsion. Shown by the way that women were


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