Push everything (Quiz/Exam: Week 9) back Rush a little (before Thanksgiving) Paradox: The biological categories of sex strongly influence the social dynamics of gender; However, the social categories of gender can sometimes determine the biology of sex. Statistical technique – “individual fixed effects” Basically it boils down to comparing an outcome across time as some factor changes. However, certain key sociological variables resist fixed effects, simply because they don’t change over time. GENDER Invisible force/social constructed Video: Opposite Gender Gender is not natural. Mars and Venuspop psychologist John Gray argues that men and women differ so fundamentally in their values, attitudes, thought processes, preferences, andbehavior patterns that they might as well be from different planets altogether. --- innate difference between Martians and VenusiansSociological imagination – sex and gender may, in fact, be the most difficult areas to remember that what seems natural is often anything but. – the seemingly rigid and innate differences between the “opposite sexes” can turn out to be fluidFeminism: a consciousness-raising movement to get people to understand that genders is an organizing principle of life. The underlying belief is that women and men should be accorded equal opportunities and respect.