"Gender Outlaw" was in interesting and short read. She basically talked about how she views herself in terms of her gender and how society views her. Then she explains how uncomfortable she felt prior to her sex change and gives a number of examples of how it affected her life.
Bornstein had eight points she discussed.
1. There are only two genders (male and female)
2. One's gender is "invariant" or does not change
3. Your biological makeup dictates your gender
4. A mixture of both genders is not taken seriously
5. There are no transfers from one to another unless it's ceremonial
6. Everyone MUST classified in one or the other
7. "Male and Female dichotomy is a 'natural one'"
8. Membership in a gender is natural
Early on in the article, Bornstein talked about how "people act out gender." This goes hand in with what we discussed in class. Let's talk about why this happens in our society.
Since Bornstein's article is well organized by the eight points mentioned above let's tear this sucker down section by section. Which point's do you agree with and which do you not. I personally agree with a few but I think are incorrect or just don't coincide with what we discuss in our lectures.
Three interesting concepts are brought up toward the end of the article that requires discussion and thought.
o Male energy
o Gender ambiguity
o & Gender fluidity
The Candace West article was a lot lengthier but really focused. Doing Gender was basically about gender roles and how they're enforced. I feel like West went in a different direction from Kate Bornstein's article especially when it comes to the impact of sex vs gender.
Some key points West mentioned is that, sex is ascribed biologically while gender is an achieved status. West added that these statuses are "fixed" because the, "doing" of gender is undertaken by women and men whose competence as members of society is hostage to its production." Therefore gender identification is "socially guided."
Some interesting terms West brought up are
o Gender marked roles (female doctor & male nurses)
o & Role conflict