Cultural Construction of Gender

The Kazakh culture recognizes male and female gender categories. There is a rigid distinction between male and female categories in terms of socialization, division of labor, and dress. Men and women dress differently. Men typically wear Western-style pants and shirts. Women typically wear modest dresses and skirts, but new modern fashions include feminine pants and pantsuits for urban women, and jeans and shorts for girls and younger women. The color red, associated with youth, is only worn by girls and young unmarried women. In rural regions of Kazakhstan, married women may wear a kerchief to symbolize their marital status.

While individual preferences vary regarding hair color, eye color, and other physical features, Kazakhs generally consider tall strong men to be more attractive than short weak men. Kazakhs generally consider women to be attractive if they are of average height with pale skin and long hair. Although robust women were preferred in the past, younger Kazakhs today are more likely to consider thin women to be beautiful.

Sexual preferences are not associated with visual clues. Most homosexuals try to conceal their sexual preferences, including through marriage to a person of the opposite sex.

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