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A baby is born and the doctor looks at the proud parents and says three simple words Its a boy or Its a girl Before a newborn child even takes his or her first breath of life outside the mothers womb he or she is distinguishable and characterized by gender The baby is brought home and dressed in clothes that help friends family and even strangers identify the sex of the child When I was young I did not think about my gender role I did not think about the day to day events in my life that affected my gender When I look back I can find so many instances of gender in my life I am taking one of the smallest instances because of the many ways it relates to not only gender building but maintaining As a child I remember my sister and I loved to play outside in the cold season So my parents bought us matching coats They were pink with purple trim My friend Neo who lived next street to me had a coat too His was black and red with a logo of a baseball on the back As a child I never thought of the implications of my coat It was functional and I thought the color pink was pretty at the time My room was pink my bike was pink and Barbies house was pink Why should it be any other way With out the difference in the pink and black coats you may have not been able to tell who the boy was and who the two girls were The question is why is this normal Sociologists have developed a theory which describes the way in which individuals represent themselves to society This theory is called the social construction of self By self we mean the capacity to represent oneself what one wished to communicate to others The theory is says that
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