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Sex And Gender

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‘One is not born, but rather becomes a woman’, this is the first sentence from Book 2 of The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir, this statement will be discussed in this essay by firstly defining sex and gender and the major difference between these two terms. The socialisation of gender which means the way in which people are treated by society and especially by the family based on their sex which begins in the womb will be discussed, as well as gender appropriate behaviour; this is what behaviours are seen to be normal for each sex masculine or feminine traits. The essay will look at the difference of gender socialisation in different countries, then go on to discuss transsexuals which challenge the idea that we are socialised into our sex and finally economic and social change and the impact the feminists have had on gender ideologies over the years. Simone de Beauvoir statement is true in many ways, she is saying that women are not born feminine but are rather social...

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