Ethnographic Notes A – Performing Gender on the Campus


This picture shows several traditional gender performances. For example the male subjects have short hair on their heads while the female subject has long hair. Two of the male subjects have facial hair while the female subject does not have any facial hair. The male subjects are wearing shirts that fully cover their chest while the female subject is wearing a shirt that displays more of the chest. Also the female is layering her clothing while the male subjects are not.


The main gender performance seen here is dress. Although men are not the only gender that can wear pants, t-shirts, and a baseball cap. In the US it is considered a male gender norm to wear these types of clothing.


As Erik has soon above men and women are very different in what they look like.  Another important point to make is that women and men use different bathrooms. We usually never use the same ones. On campus all the bathrooms are used separate  bathrooms. The one with skirt means women’s bathroom and the one that looks like pants is the men’s bathroom.


Another thing that men and women do separately is sports.  Men play baseball (the use of small ball that is thrown overhand to a person who has a bat who hits it with said bat).  Women play Softball (a bigger ball that is thrown underhand that someone with a bat hits). Other sports that men play is football, basketball, hockey and golf.  Women also play basketball, hockey and golf but never with men in schools.

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Gender is a word humans use to distinguish what they perceive to be differences between biological male and female humans. In American culture fro example, societally normative traits are commonly seen in males that seem to be behaviorally passed on from one generation to the next. The traits are largely culturally influenced and vary depending on location and social status but there is a general theme for male and female “genders”. The difference in biology between males and females can be attributed to some of he inherent behaviors associated with gender roles but societal and cultural influences and pressures is a likely part of what causes certain behaviors in male versus female traits. For example, Young girls are often coddled more than male children which can influence psychological characteristics as the humans develop in to adult hood. Young males are also often taught to stifle their emotions since American culture seems to associate emotion with weakness, especially in the context of male behavior. Human sexuality is a term humans use to describe their physiological attraction to the opposite sex (preference). Some women prefer female partners as men prefer male partners. Men and Women are motivated to do certain things due to their sexuality. For example, some men will try to do things impress a women if they think it will cause her to be sexually attracted to him. This can involve earning a lot of money and buying material objects to impress a women.

Gender roles on college campuses can witnessed in the example of assigned bathrooms. Human Male and Females are have designated facilities because in American culture, it is considered normal.

Generally speaking, females tend to have longer hair than most males and they tend to put more time and effort in to their appearance by wearing what humans call Make-up and hair products.

Many females say they do it to feel good about themselves or to attract the opposite sex. These types of actions are “performing gender” attributes. Mannerisms are another type of performing gender. For example, males will carry themselves or use body language that is considered to be “masculine”.



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