Class 7 Social Science Gender and the Role of women Exam Notes. Please refer to the examination notes which you can use for preparing and revising for exams. These notes will help you to revise the concepts quickly and get good marks.
We all know that biologically all human beings fall into two categories – male and female. The term gender refers to social and cultural attributes, roles and responsibilities associated with a male and female. Gender is culturally determined and is a social concept that changes over a period of time from one culture to another culture.
Meaning Of Gender
(i) Gender is a term that you may often have heard. It is a term, however that is not easily understood. It tends to remain distant from our lives and restricted to discussions during training programmers.
(ii) In fact, it is something that all of us experience in our lives on a daily basis. It determines, for example, who we are and what we will become, where we can go and where not, the life choices available to us and those we eventually make.
(iii) Our understanding of gender is often based on the family and society that we live in. This leads us to think that the roles we see men and women around us play are fixed and natural.
(iv) In fact, these roles differ across communities around the world. By gender, then, we mean the many social values and stereotypes our cultures attach to the biological distinction between male and female.
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