My question is: ‘Is being masculine or feminine a social construction?’
In my project, I will use the word ‘gender’ to refer to the gender stereotypes/social roles and behaviours that are usually linked to men and women; femininity and masculinity. The word sex will be used to refer to the biological aspects of females and males. Therefore, by asking the question, ‘Is being masculine or feminine a social construction?’, I’m questioning if either femininity and masculinity are learned through socialization, or if there is a biological predisposition that makes females feminine and males masculine.
I know that there’s from .05% to 1.7% of people that biologically have both female and male aspects in their chromosomes; these are called intersex. Even though I will mention them in the next entries, they will not be the focus of my research. In addition, this research will not involve issues like gender identity. I do not want to upset anyone or make anyone feel discriminated against. This will be solely about the facts regarding gender/sex and not about my personal views on how people identify.
This is a topic that I am very interested in because it helps me understand more about human behaviour. Questions like “Why are most of the rapists/violent criminals men? Could this be prevented?” are only able to be answered if we have a deeper understanding of gender. Questions like this intrigue me and I’m sure my research will further my understanding.
Thank you for reading,