9-5-06 notes - 9-5-06 - Cross Cultural Differences in the...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
9-5-06 --- Cross Cultural Differences in the Construction of Sex Categories  Main points for today: 1. The number of sexes and genders recognized varies across cultures.  2. If these categories were ‘natural’, they would not vary; the categories would be  the same everywhere 3. Anthropology provides info about differences in cultural classification systems  that can help us learn more about our own system Definitions: Sex  = classification based on observable biophysiological characteristics. (may include  genetics, gonads, external genitalia, secondary sex characteristics) Gender  = Cultural meanings and expectations attached to perceived sex differences. Standardized English terminology to distinguish between sex classification and gender  classification: Sex = male, female, [intersex]  Gender = man, woman Sexuality  = sexual behaviors, feelings, thoughts, practices; people’s sexuality based 
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 04/20/2008 for the course ISS 215 taught by Professor Lang during the Fall '06 term at Michigan State University.

Page1 / 3

9-5-06 notes - 9-5-06 - Cross Cultural Differences in the...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online