The Institutionalization of Gender

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Essay #: 066559
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The Institutionalization of Gender
In class we have read a lot about how gender permeates parts of society. One such part is the institution. Institutions are the parts of society that are established, gigantic mainstays in how one lives their life. Education and government are two such examples of massive institutions that hold influence over our lives. Within the article “The Social Context of Gender,” the argument that institutions are gendered is a compelling one. This means that institutions have a tradition of being aware of gender and using it to manipulate those within it. This is something that transcends the people within the institution itself and lives throughout the institution as a whole. “Understanding gender in an...
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.....ehumanization occurs first, at this level” (Butler 14). Humans have a great capacity to love and transcend, but also to categorize. Often times, the lack of humanization of one gender can be justified by an unfair status quo. The dehumanization of African Americans within the slave trade is one such example. When the status quo says it is okay for a sector of the population to be dehumanized, often this “dominant frame” takes over. This is the great downfall of our inherent engenderment of both the individual and the institution.
Works Cited
Butler, Judith. “Undoing Gender” Gender and Women Studies Seminar- WS400-Spring 2011 (ed. Sheena Malhotra).
"The Social Construction of Gender" Chapter 2. GWS 400 Senior Seminar Reader 11 - Spring 2011.