Learning to be Gendered

The paper is an essay that will base its discussion on the article titled “Learning to be Gendered” by PEnelope Eckert and Sally McConnell-Ginet.  The paper on the first part will be a summary and subsequent response in the second part of the discussion.

Summary of the article

From the article, the main argument is on the issue of gender. The authors that are Eckert and Sally are trying to give the aspect that we are conditioned just from the moment parents learn the biological sex we are, and they learn how to do our gender. At this particular moment we find the parents getting to do what suits the girl child and on the other hand what suits the boy most (McConnell-Ginet & Eckert, 2016).

The evidence provided in the article by the authors is that when the child has been identified as male or female, they are immediately assigned a pronoun that is “He” or “She” or “Baby Girl” or rather “Baby boy.” All these evidence provided in the book we find their source originating from the hospital in that color plays a significant role in determining whether a child is male or female. In the hospital after the identification of gender, we get that the nursery is decided on whether to be pink or blue (McConnell-Ginet & Eckert, 2016).

Pink, in this case, is termed to be delicate and is considered for the “Baby girl” and blue is seen as aggressive and active and this goes for the “Baby boy.” From the article, we also find a quote that states that “The dichotomy of female and male is the ground upon which we build selves from the moment of birth. These early linguistic acts set up a baby for life, launching gradual process of being a boy or a girl,  a woman or man, and to see all others as boys or girls, men or women as well.” (737) (McConnell-Ginet & Eckert, 2016).

Response to the reading

From the reading, I do come to agree with the aspect that babies do rely on adults to do our gender for us. For this issue, I found it the bigger challenge we as a society have in common when it comes to gender norms. The adults, in this case, have the responsibility to ensure that the baby grows up being conditioned to act, talk and dress like our gender, and when they too have children it is passed on, and the cycle continues as expected (McConnell-Ginet & Eckert, 2016).

Work Cited

McConnell-Ginet, S., & Eckert, P. (2016). Learning to be gendered.

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