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In this article Shaw and Lee describe howthe action of labelson being feminine or masculine affect society Shaw and Leedescribe how gender is the social organization of sexualdifference 124 In biology gender is what sex a person isand in culture gender is how a person should actand portraythemselves They mention how gender is what we were taught todo in our daily lives from a young age so that it can becomenaturalShaw Lee 126 They speak on the process of gendersocialization that teaches us how to act and think inaccordance to what sex a person is Shaw and Lee state thatmany people identify themselves as being transgendered whichinvolves a person resisting the social construction of genderinto two distinct categories masculinity and femininity andworking to break down these constraining and polarizedcategories 129 They write about how in mainstream Americamasculinity and femininity are described with the masculinetrait being the more dominant of the two They define how thiscontributes to putting a higher value of one gender over theother gender called gender ranking Shaw Lee 137 They alsospeak about how in order for femininity to be viewed that othersystems of inequality also need to be looked at firstShawLee139This article was written tobring attention to the way men andwomen act because of how they were thought to think ofthemselves Shaw and Lee explain how biology determines whatsex a person is but a persons cultures determines how thatperson should act according to their genderShaw Lee 124 Thearticle brings up the point that a persons gender issomething that a person performs daily it is what we do ratherthan what we have Shaw Lee 126 They bring up this is allthrough the process of gender socialization Shaw Lee 126They assert what it means to be feminine and masculine variesin many countries but that there are still labels They talkabout how transgendered people push the envelope on what it isto be considered feminine or masculine becausetransgenderedpeople identify themselves differently than thesex at theirbirth
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