Sociology 1 Lecture12

Sociology 1 Lecture12 - Sociology 1 Lecture#12 Gender and...

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Sociology 1 Lecture #12 19/02/2008 14:25:00 Gender and Sex—Important Terms Sex: The biological identity we associate with one’s sex organs and gonads Gender: The Social identity we associate with one’s sex (male/female) Social construction of gender: Gender identities emerge in relation to  perceived sex differences in society—they are not linked to biological bases Gender Roles: Expectations regarding proper behavior, attitudes, and activities  of males and females Evident in work and in how we react to others Most people do not display strictly masculine or feminine qualities Boys must be masculine (active, aggressive, tough, daring, dominant) Girls must be feminine (soft, emotional, sweet, submissive) Parents normally first and most crucial agents of socialization Other adults, older siblings, mass media, religious institutions, and  educational institutions also exert important influence
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