Simone De Beauvoir: The Social Construction Of Sex And Gender

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SEX AND GENDER SHAPE 21ST CENTURY WORKPLACE

INTRODUCTION
As the social construct of sex and gender has started to water down, it is bound to change our working environment. As it is becoming more allowed to present one’s selves at any part of the gender and sex spectrum, it influences the way we work, who we work for and how we market. As the world is becoming more aware of the variety of gender and sex, it is important to try and educate ourselves to understand the queer culture and herstory.
Being a part of the normal working life has been a part of the LGBTQ agenda for decades, but still today, many people from that community still face more unemployment that the people who present them in a more heteronormative way. In the 1940’s Simone de Beauvoir wrote in her book The Second Sex: “It is through work that a woman has been able, to a large extent, to close the gab separating her from the male; work alone can guarantee her concrete freedom” (LÄHDETIEDOT). Even though Beauvoir often used “the woman” as her subject, she reminds the reader that she isn’t secluding the ones who are oppressed by the society in many occasions.
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The society doesn’t want to admit that there are those who don’t fit the governments idealism of sex. In 2011, the Hijra community in Bangladesh, was able to list their gender as “other” in passport. Soon after that, Australia followed by accepting gender X in passports. Beauvoir talks about Helen Deutsch’s story of a intersex person In Vienna. Simone states that pan or bisexuality on someone who is intersex, is due to the female and male hormones in a body in a two genitalia system. She refers to intersex as “hermaphrodite”, which in today’s society is seen as insulting and sexualising the condition. (Beauvoir,

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