Gender is a social construction. Sex—that is, female or male—is a biological dis
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Gender is a social construction. Sex—that is, female or male—is a biological distinction, but societies define what it means to be a “woman” or a “man” and then shape individual behavior through social interaction. For example, a society may encourage nurturing behaviors in females but discourage emotional expression in males. While some cultures acknowledge more than two genders, in others, restrictive gender stereotypes pressure conformity and at the same time value “masculine” traits over those perceived to be “feminine.” These stereotypes may be further reinforced through mass media culture to sometimes harmful outcomes.
This week, you analyze different theoretical perspectives in relation to women. You further consider the effect of gendered messages on transgender individuals.
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• Chapter 2, “Theoretical Foundations for Multicultural Social Work Practice”
• Chapter 14, “Culturally Competent Social Work Practice with Women” (pp. 460–469)
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Response to the following. Use APS 7th edition for citation and references.
• Provide three examples of how the social environment shapes expectations of female gender.
• Analyze the impact of these messages on individuals, using the theories from this week’s readings.
• Explain the influence of the theoretical perspective of intersecting identities on gender, specifically:
o How might race/ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, religion, and/or ability impact the experience of gender?