Chapter 8 - Gender-Sexuality - Outline - CHAPTER 8 1 Sex...

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CHAPTER 8 Sex and Gender 1
SEX, SEXUALITY, AND GENDER 2 Sex refers to the natural or biological differences hat distinguish males and females. Sexuality refers to desire, sexual preference, sexual identity, and behavior Gender is a social construct that consists of a set of social arrangements that are built around sex
SEX AND GENDER Your sex depends on whether you were born with male or female genitals and a genetic program that released male o female hormones to stimulate the development of your reproductive system. Your gender is your sense of being male or female and playing masculine and feminine roles as defined by your culture
INTERSEXED PEOPLE Intersexed people have ambiguous genitals resulting from a hormone imbalance in the womb or some other causes About 18 out of every 100,000 babies are born with this condition.
TRANSGENDER AND TRANSSEXUAL Transgendered people defy gender norms and blur accepted gender roles 1 in every 5000 to 10,000 people Transsexuals want to alter their sex by changing their appearance or medical intervention 1 in every 30,000 people
SEX: A PROCESS IN THE MAKING 6 Many believe that there are only two sexes — male and female — and that all people fall into one group or the other. However, evidence suggests that we need to embrace a more expansive definition of sex that goes beyond two rigid and distinct categories.
GENDER: WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE A WOMAN (OR A MAN)? 7 Gender roles are sets of behavioral norms assumed to accompany one’s status as a male or female.

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