SOC 213 (I03)
12 March 2019
Complexities of Biological and Social Genders
According to this writer’s understanding, history is the foundation on which culture exists to form a society for which we the people conform to, in order to bring a sense of order to society so that those who have fear of or fill out of sorts with, a less structured environment can fill more in control with themselves, others, and the environment around them. For these individuals, having a simple one-way sense of what is right, or of which is the only way that something has, should, and shall be done. Equality of Genders, gender identities, masculine or feminine, have been subjected and con-formed by history, believing that our ancestors knew best and that keeping their ways, cultures, and beliefs in each generational society must be kept in order to have hope for the humanity of tomorrow. If the cultures of times-past where not looked upon as an absolute in the way every culture should behave and how people should think, then all that divides us may not be as massive of a difference as they are and seem to be, in the current time periods that have followed.
The information from chapter five “Gender” in the textbook The Family Diversity, Inequality, and Social Change by Philip N. Cohen (Cohen 161-162), talks about the male and female runners and how in less than a half of a century earlier, around the mid-19th century, men where superior in their running abilities over the woman by the difference in the times it took them to run a twenty-six mile marathon by a margin of eighty minutes. Fast forwarding to the year 2010 woman had closed that gap in timing to less than twelve minutes. One can argue that this is because in the history before 2010 woman where expected to and performed their subjected roles in the manner of housework, raising children, and where not able to play in athletic sports, and where not suppose to run around after the age of puberty because culture and society of that time period made it a taboo to been seen un-ladylike. The cultural society at that moment expected the women to look attractive and refined in order to attract the male gender for the purpose of marriage and having children. By the year 2010, the culture of society had changed, and the women started being on a more equal playing field of sorts, allowing them the freedom to have more choices in what the wanted to do and how t...