While some people suggests that gender roles should be strictly followed, other members of society strongly believe the opposite. They believe that gender roles shouldn’t have specific guidelines or gender markers that identify people as female or male, or masculine or feminine. However, both views, are views. They’re opinions. They’re beliefs. They’re one’s facts, but not everyone’s facts.

On one side, gender must be concrete with no fuzz. That is, gender in terms of physical traits and personality should resonate with the role that specific gender correlates with. Traditionally speaking, a man should go to war, while a woman should stay at home and take care of the children. On another note, gender for some, is not concrete. There is fuzz. For example, a woman can be seen in battle (or rather in the air force), and be willing to fight for her country, while a man can stay at home and take care of his children. Even when the roles are reversed, each role works, as long as the people playing those roles are willing and capable.

The problem with having gender not exist, is that then there is no organization. And perhaps, disorganization leads to chaos. The problem with having gender exists is that it limits people’s potential, or in other words, it limits their abilities to accentuate the very skills and passions that make them unique, even if they don’t follow societal norms (ie: boy dancing ballet).

Gender. The concept of it and the definition that it connotes, is a conversation to be had. Consider gender. The word. Its associations. Its way of categorizing. Its limitations. Its advantages. Its disadvantages. The questions. It’s conversation, that is willing to be had.

p.s. On Monday, in one of my black studies courses, we debated over gender: whether or not it should be a social construct (a system we live in that divides males and females distinctively). Here’s a synopsis of the article we read in order to prepare for this debate, and some of the topics that were brought up as a result of the debate. So to conversation that’s controversial, but also inclusive to a variety of: views and questions and more conversations!

 

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