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Gender

The meaning of gender is personal traits and social positions that members of a society attach to being a male or female. We decided to pick to two of the ways the gender can influence research.

First there's overgeneralizing in which sociologists use data from men to make conclusions about all people. Second, there's double standards were researchers have to be careful not to judge men and women indifferently, such as when saying "man and wife." That statement implies that the man is more significant than the woman.

Using these two influences we came up with the topic steroids, and how it fits into both of these categories. Steroids have become a major issue in sports nowadays, where more and more players seek to enhance their skills illegitimately. That is why leagues such as the NBL have been screening its players for drug use. However, this research tends to involve solely men. Women too take steroids and therefore this research suffers from double standards that women are innocent and less devious than men. Steroids also affect men and women very differently. Researchers who have done experiments on steroids to see what the possible outcomes are, are only testing the steroids on men, because of their one track mind that only men take steroids. However, steroids can affect women in completely different ways and research must be done on both genders to determine the possible outcomes of the drug. This shows that in research women are constantly being left out of the picture and completely forgotten about.

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