Gender Differences and Their Explanations Term Paper by Nicky

A discussion on the meaning of gender in our society, based on interviews with two college students.
# 151106 | 1,711 words | 1 source | MLA | 2012 | US
Published on May 22, 2012 in Gender and Sexuality (Gender Studies) , Sociology (General)

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The paper describes the views of two college students who were interviewed on the meaning of gender in their lives. The paper discusses how one saw gender and sexual difference as natural and an unquestionable fact that was part of nature's plane, while the other saw gender as being essentially a false construction that was created to a great extent by power, the media and the male-based dominance of society. The paper also discusses their respective views on the characteristics of being male and female. The paper concludes that these two interviewees represent very different views of gender that are possibly reflected in the larger society.

Introduction and Overview
What is Gender?
Gender as a Social Construction

From the Paper:

"The interviews were constructed to provide the broadest and most open-ended responses to the question of gender. The questions were especially intended to allow the interviewees to present their personal views and opinions. They were encouraged to express their views as freely as possible. The questions were also designed to provoke responses and to explore the existential depths of the meaning of gender in their lives.
"The two interviewees were college students who were chosen at random. The only basis for the choice was that one should be female and the other male. The female interviewee was found to be something of a feminist in her approach to the subject. It became clear in the interviews that she had strong views about the social construction of gender. She was of the opinion that sexuality and gender were largely a result of a biased approach to gender differences that emanated mainly from a male-dominated society. Therefore, from this point of view I found that the issue of gender became a social and even a political subject. Both respondents were heterosexual.
"The male interviewee was more conservative in his views and had a more conventional approach to the question of gender. In general he saw gender differences as having natural or genetic reasons. He was also of the opinion that the differences between men and women were to some extent religiously based and that society has deviated to a certain extent from this God-ordained pattern of difference."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • The Social Construction of Gender. Retrieved 30 October, 2009, from

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