Final Concept Analysis: Social Constructions

When we began discussing social constructions in class, I was wowed. Of course, I have been living my whole life immersed in society and accepting all the messages it was sending me, but I never realized that all of it was just made up. We do, know, and think so many things that allow us to function within society, but most of this was learned. I didn’t inherently know that I was supposed to wear clothes when I left my house, brush my teeth twice a day, or eat three meals a day. I wasn’t born knowing that I was a white, German-blooded, Catholic female who lived in the US, and yet, I’ve grown up with these things as facts of life. Really though, those are all social constructs that have been made up by people and societies who’ve lived before me and taught to me by the people around me. Continue reading

What’s Sex Got to Do With……. South Park?

What does it mean to be transgender?  According to Tauches, “transgender is an umbrella term that is used to describe a group of people who intentionally “mismatch” their sex and their gender identity” (134).  Let’s ask Eric Cartman what he thinks it means to be “transginger”…..

http://southpark.cc.com/clips/ms8uv8/im-transginger

In this clip you can see that Principal Victoria doesn’t really know what it means to be transgender as she says that since Cartman want to be a girl that he must be attracted to boys.  This also ties into how heteronormativity, or the view that heterosexuality is the only acceptable form of sexuality, figures prominently in American sexual culture (136).  Heterosexuality is seen as “normal” or the right ay for people to be; this is seen everyday life through the assumptions that everyone is heterosexual.

Gender varies at difference levels, such as the personal, international, and institutional level; at the personal level, society dictates what is considered normal for a person ion terms of their gender identity (135).  This includes how individuals use their hair-style, clothing, mannerisms, and their ways of talking to express the gender they choose to have.

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