I wrote this blog because I was inspired by our discussion earlier in Women’s Studies because we talked about Sex and Gender. Honestly, it was just earlier where I noticed that there’s a big difference between sex and gender. We know that they’re sort of the same because of the concept of sexual identity, that’s why we never noticed the difference. But when we discussed it earlier, I realized that there are a lot of issues about sex and gender that wasn't given importance. Everyday we face different issues about gender that we just ignore because it’s already part of what the society brought us to be.
Let me first define what sex and gender means. Sex refers to the biological and physiological characteristics that define men and women while Gender, refers to the society constructed roles, behaviour, activities and attributes that a particular society consider appropriate for men and women. Source: http://www.who.int/gender/whatisgender/en/
Men and women are distinguished through physical appearance and traits. Aside from the fact that physically, women are different from men, women are usually said emotional, sensitive, maarte, magaling sa bahay, while Men are said strong, ma- pride, immature and insensitive. We all tackled these things earlier and our professor asked us, “May mga babae din bang immature? Bakit wala bang lalaking maarte?” And I realized that our professor was right, everything that we just said about men and women were just created by the people and the society due to the changes in time.
Reality check: (Discussions earlier during our Women’s Studies class) a girl who is short- haired is sometimes called lesbian. What if we just like to make our hair short because it’s hot and we’re bored with our long hair? Men who are organized and clean with their things are sometimes being judged as gay. Do men really have to be dirty with their things because they’re men? I don’t think so. I think there are also men who are cleaner and more systematic than girls but it doesn’t mean they’re gay.
Sometimes I see shirts with a statement saying Tough Men Wear Pink. Now, I agree with this statement because men who wear pink are really tough and courageous enough to face the undying gender issues. It’s just color and it’s becoming a big deal when gender is involved. Let’s not just go with the flow every time we hear gender issues that are unjust and not right. It’s time to break the wall of gender inequality. But there are still a lot of gender issues that need to be noticed and we should not neglect it.