Gender is also something we cannot avoid; it is partof the way in which societies are ordered around us,with each society doing that ordering differently.
As Eckert and McConnell-Ginet (2003, p. 50) say:
‘The force of gender categories in society makes it
impossible for us to move through our lives in anongendered way and impossible not to behave in a
way that brings out gendered behavior in others.’
Gender is a key component of identity.