In Judith Lorber’s piece, “Night to his Day” : The Social Construction of Gender, Judith Lorber spoke briefly about genders in some African and American Indian societies. In the case of the “female men” that were mentioned, what made them men was strictly the wealth to buy a wife [1]. At first, this idea seems strange, as is automatic for us to associate a female with a woman. But the words “woman” and “man” have different meanings in different societies and are constructed through different social structures. In other words, while our society defines a man as someone with masculine traits, other societies define a man as someone who has a certain amount of money. What gender means depends on where you are; it is continuously built and re-built by the culture and social practices of that place. Our gender statuses are hard-coded into what we do, and until we recognize that the process of gender is not invisible, it will be hard to change it.

[1] Lorber, Judith. “Night to his Day”: The Social Construction of Gender. Yale University Press, 1994.

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