Social construction of gender  

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"One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman." --The Second Sex (1949) by Simone de Beauvoir

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The social construction of gender is a theory in feminism, and sociology about the origin of gender difference between men and women. According to this view, society and culture create gender roles, and these roles are prescribed as ideal or appropriate behavior for a person of that specific sex.

Some supporters of this theory argue that the differences in behavior between men and women are entirely social conventions, whereas others believe that behavior is influenced by universal biological factors to varying degrees, with social conventions having a major effect on gendered behavior.

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