Essay Assignment

Judith Butler suggests that gender and gender identity are not core realities as much as they are performances that we all partake in. Is gender nothing more than a “performance?” What are the implications of this view for how we see gender? The social construction of gender often emphasizes or exaggerates gender differences and translates them into gender inequality. What examples or evidence do you see that supports or refutes this argument?

This essay should be at least 800 words and should be very specific about the terms and concepts mentioned in your book and in the readings for the unit.

Be sure to incorporate the concepts from the readings: sex vs. gender, sexism, sex roles, Patriarchy, Glass Ceiling, the Second Shift, institutionalized sexism, feminism, etc. Answer some of these question within your essay. Again look for a good ‘hook’ and a clear thesis for your essay.