Gender And Dailiness: A Convergence

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Gender and Dailiness : A Convergence The concept of gender and gender roles has been sewn into the very fabric of society. The stereotypes associated with them shape the habits, thought and lifestyle of an individual and influence their actions. Gender is a routine influence in life, whether in a subtle or forthright manner. This “dailiness” of gender is seen in Joan Scott’s essay “Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis” and in Imtiaz Dharker’s collections of poems “The Terrorist at my Table” and “Postcards from God”. The relationship between gender and dailiness enables us to examine its the very foundation. Every entity is gendered, thereby making gender an intrinsic part of dailiness. Gender is commonly divided into two categories – male and female, and the characteristics and stereotypes stemming from both the genders are classified masculine and feminine respectively. An entity being gendered refers to it being kept for the exclusive use of females or males, or rather being prescribed certain characteristics thar make it more “feminine” or “masculine” in nature. As Scott states, “the rules of social interaction are gendered” where social interaction is the major entity. It is gendered as certain rules of social interaction are prescribed only for females whereas others are prescribed only for males. This is exemplified in the lines “Mouths must be watched , especially if youre a woman” from the poem “A Woman’s Place” by Dharker . She refers to

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