How Do Various Societies Construct Gender Identities, Sexual Practices, And Gendered Bodies?
Many societies construct gender identities, sexual practices, and gender bodies differently. Sexual practices are viewed differently by every society. The United States views sexual practices more openly than Saudi Arabia. In Muslim cultures, it’s customary to wear full body garments and headgear to cover women’s bodies. This is different from how the Asian culture views gender bodies. These are just some examples of how different societies see gender identity, sexual practices, and gender bodies.
In certain cultures, sexual practices have meaning to them that we may not understand. Such as in Ancient Egypt, pharaohs would masturbate into the Nile River to maintain the water levels. This belief was so strong that they even began to masturbate in public forums. The Ancient Greeks were open about sexuality and didn’t see gender as an issue. They would perceive the roles of sex as a dominant and a submissive. Which means that both partners could be male, female, or opposite.
Gender identities are assessed by how society sees you. Gender identity is found in the cerebrum and is culturally determined. In most cases, when someone hears they are having a boy, he or she start to purchase stuff that is ‘appropriate’ for that gender such as cars and boats, or vice versa if they are having a girl they purchase stuff like dolls and ponies. However, this does not determine the gender identity that your child will identify with. That is something that is found in their chemical makeup and will be determined, as they grow older. Society has shown us that roles we play as gender identity are taught to us over time such as women cook and clean and men fight battles and hunt.
Gender bodies are perceived as the roles we should play in society. We identify with our bodies to determine our gender. Such as our sexual organs and our genetic makeup. It determines how we eat, how we play, and how we feel about the same and opposite sex. Gender bodies are what make us who we are. Take, for instance, a male can eat fatty food all day and not gain a pound but a woman can eat five potato chips and gain five pounds. This is how our body reacts differently.
With many different societies, and the roles of males and females, we simply have to determine how we feel about ourselves and then represent that gender. In all aspects of life, there are going to be differences in how you feel about your sex, gender, and identity but in order to live a happy and fruitful life first you must be happy with yourself. Letting society tell you who you are and how you relate to the rest of the world is simply not a productive way to live.