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Running head: GENDER IDENTITY
Application of 3 theories to the Female Gender Identity
Gender identity, which is viewed as a personal conception of an individual as either
female or male, has been a center of most gender-based topics in contemporary society.
According to Bamman, Eisenstein & Schnoebelen (2014), gender identity, as well as the social
construction of a given gender, could be linked to gender roles, which the authors defined as the
general outward personality manifestations that directly reflect gender identity. Different beliefs
and theories play critical roles in the construction of either the male or female gender, which also
influences my personal expectations as well as world views. Since gender is an element that is
socially learned, social constructions and socialization take place specifically through an
individual’s interaction. This paper explores the concept of gender identity in detail, including
the social construction of the female gender, how the development tends to influence both the
expectations and world views while focusing on the cultural theory of symbolic interaction,
cultural feminism, and social learning theory.
One essential concept that prompts the social construction of the female gender identity is
the belief that gender is leaned and constructed through communication. This concept is
presented in the cultural theory of symbolic interaction. In this case, communication within
society is the most fundamental element in the construction of the female gender. Rock (2016)
highlighted that the symbolic interaction theory involves the existing relationship between
persons and society. This conclusion in the construction of the female gender is also supported
by the idea presented by theorist Reynolds (1994) in the statement that the relationships within
individuals are often active in the construction of the world, instead of just being acted on.
Patterns of interaction are the key aspects that are used in constructing gender beliefs.
Even though the symbolic interaction theory was not explicitly designed to be used in
viewing gender development, it is heavily regarded in this case. A typical illustration in the
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