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Is Gender a Social Construct?
Gender is a social construct because its perception is fluid, and changes among time and societies.
Gender perception changes according to culture.
Gender perception has changed over time.
As women and non-binary individuals have been given more rights and opportunities, their roles in society have expanded and developed. The gender construct is therefore able to change as society changes.
The perception of gender roles as something fixed comes from an erroneous ethnocentric vision of Western societies.
Gender is referred to as roles, behaviours, activities and attributes that a given society considers appropriate for men and women, so it must be socially constructed.
Gender roles are seen differently but that does not demonstrate that gender is seen differently.
If perceptions of gender changes across time and societies (which often have strong connections to their original geography), it is more probable that gender is a constant which is in eternal change based on the limits of its environment.
Different perceptions on a biological trait, like age or ethnicity in different locations, does not change the trait.
If gender is a social construct, surely more societies would have constructed a genderless culture before now.
Most human societies follow a gender division in labour which is based on biological differences and capabilities.
, infants as young as 9 months old have shown clear preferences for gender specific toys at an early stage, pointing towards the existence of some biological differences.