Sex Within Society — A Look At Sociological Constructs

What are sociological constructs?

In simple terms sociological constructs are accepted and shared ideas that allow societies to function and they come about because humans are humans

Crystal, by Matthew from Odiham, United Kingdom CC BY 2.0, Wikicommons Link
18th November Torchlight procession 2015 in Riga, Latvia, by Statistiķis CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikicommons Link

Of Tables and Desks

To explain a bit more clearly let’s do an example

A low wooden table placed at a slant in the corner of a room next to a radiator
Avar Aalto Table, by Ellywa CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikicommons Link
An antique wooden secretary desk with the writing table down in its horizontal position
Secretary desk 1792, by Christoph Hopfengärtner Schloss Jegenstorf, Public Domain — Wikicommons Link
A school art room filled with rectangular desks that have blue plastic seats pulled up next to each of them
Sinai School Art Room, by Dovber90 GFDL-1.3, Wikicommons Link

Sex as a Sociological Construct

Sex is a complicated, muddy, and sprawling word that means different things depending on the context it’s used in. But when used in a general day-to-day sense to refer to a person it’s a sociological construct. Societies create a joint understanding of what sex is, and individuals within that society then use that construct in day-to-day activities. Different societies exist and so therefore different sociological constructs of sex exist, and likewise societies change so the sociological constructs that define sex within that society also change

The transgender pride symbol in very punchy blue and purple-pink colours, with a butterfly over the top
Butterfly Transgender Symbol, by ParaDox CC BY-SA 2.0 de, Wikicommons Link



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Jasmine Joséphine Sakura-Rose

Jasmine Joséphine Sakura-Rose

Writer, dreamer, 24/7 inclusive feminist, occasional politician