Gender is not simply what a person is, it is something that a person does, in interaction with others. It is a product of social interaction. A production. A construction. A social construction. And we do gender knowing that we will be judged by others. In other words, we are accountable for our gender performances.
In this video , sociologist C. Pascoe brilliantly explains how the boundaries of masculinity are policed in social interaction in high school. If video link to interview doesn't work, use this link to watch Pascoe discuss the use of homophobic taunts to police masculinity in interaction. If we behave outside the boundaries of normative gender scripts, we risk being judged harshly by others.
This means not only "don't be a baby" but to learn how to "competently" be a boy or girl. The authors write: "And note, to "do" gender is not always to live up to normative conceptions of femininity or masculinity; it is to engage in behavior at the risk of gender assessment " p. Doing gender can result in social stratification: if, in doing gender, men are being dominant and women are being submissive, this results in power differences and hierarchy!
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