11APR08_POLS340

11APR08_POLS340 - male or female gender societys...

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patriarchy men have pervasive control over social, economic, and political power and resources domination of men over women extends to all spheres of political, social, and economic life. romance, marriage, child rearing, school, work, play, and political life are organized in ways that demean women and under-rewarded their contributions separate spheres women best-suited at home, while men are in the spheres of work and politics Joseph Brown, Ga St. Senator: God intended men and women to have different roles androcentrism the practice of overvaluing the male experience and undervaluing the female experience males and male experience treated as neutral/universal standard or norm, females and female experience treated as sex-specific deviations sex physically defined biological function of chemical hormones
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Unformatted text preview: male or female gender societys interpretation of sex-based characteristics and attaches a culturally constructed value to the differences. in a patriarchal society, male characteristics are more highly valued women give birth sex and gender link between child-bearing and child-rearing is cultural rather than biological patriarchal ideas blur the distinction between sex and gender, and assume that all social distinctions between men and women are rooted in biology or anatomy simple sex differences dont create the greatest barriers to womens equality. rather, it is how society interprets and values equality over another that has the greatest impact on womens lives. gender rather than sex differences will therefore be the focus of our inquiry in the book....
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