Sociological Imagination

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Blogs are for you to use your “sociological imagination” by applying something that we discussed in class, covered in lectures, read in your textbook, or saw in a video to your everyday life.
The blog must be at least 300 words in length and respond specifically to some of the topics discussed in class. You must have ONE SOURCE that is not your textbook, power point slides, or class notes.
Tell me:
add more information by including a new source
argument whether you thought the movies and clips were thought-provoking or just did not provide a strong enough
whether you agree or disagree with how a topic was represented (make sure to tell me whey you feel they way you do)
how you feel about specic topics that were presented in class

Sex’ and ‘gender’ are often used by many interchangeably and hence incorrectly. While ‘sex’ refers to the physical attributes that include internal reproductive structures, external genitalia, sex hormones and chromosomes, ‘gender’ on the other hand is an intricate interrelationship between one’s internal self-sense and their sex. Gender focuses more on the inner sense of self like female, male or both – gender identity, gender expression, and behaviors associated with that perception as well as their gender role. Collectively, the cross-section of the three dimensions gives an individual’s authentic sense of gender in how others experience their own gender and how other people perceive it (Goodrich 32).

A close examination of the trends associated with women sporting tattoos or men wearing earrings, one easily sees the manipulability of social perceptions about gender. For instance, in the case of Lego, blue is for boys while pink is for girls. In my opinion, the video clip on Lego products seemed stereotypical. Lego leads girls to perceive pink and purple to be their gender (female) colors, while boys perceive blue, black, and brown among other colors, as their gender (male) colors.

On the other hand, gender fluid persons do not feel restricted by the limiting borders of stereotypical expectations of boys and girls (Goodrich 34). For instance, a child may feel they are a boy some days and a girl on others or maybe feel neither term describes perfectly. In the video clip, I feel the company, Lego, lacked a place for fluid gender children. In doing so, a child is forced to be one or either or not play at all. These social expectations give way to gender discrimination and inequality.


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