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explain what you did and how what you did violated expectations for your sex

Name-Calling and the Social Construction of Gender

Violate one verbal or nonverbal prescription for your sex with both people who know you well and people who are strangers or casual acquaintances. In your paper:

(1) explain what you did and how what you did violated expectations for your sex (one page);

(2) describe how you felt when you violated expectations and how others responded (one page); and

(3) critically analyze how your own response and others’ responses reflect, uphold, and/or challenge, the social construction of gender (one page).

Keep in mind that parts 1 and 3 of this assignment will require you to provide support from the text or an outside source. Also, feel free (after your experiment is complete) to ask those whom you violated the norm in front of to describe their reactions further—this will provide you with additional insight for your paper.

Be sure to challenge yourself in this experiment and choose a violation likely to get a response. In other words, violations such a man expressing his feelings or a woman trying not to smile are weak violations and will lose points for creativity. That said, the violation must be appropriate, should not be illegal, and should not harm you or anyone else in the process. You should stop the experiment if you or others become too uncomfortable. You may wish to check you violation with me if you are unsure of its impact.

 

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