HDF Review sheet 4 - HDF 304/WGS 301 Family Relationships...

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HDF 304/WGS 301 – Family Relationships Gender Review Sheet Gender 1. What is a stereotype? A rigidly held belief that a category of people has a particular set of personal characteristics. Becomes negative- Once you hold them, when people show you counter information, you don’t budge. 2. What is a gender stereotype? Rigidly held, categorical beliefs that certain personality traits are inherently associated with being male or female 3. How prevalent are gender stereotypes? Americans strongly differentiate between male and female from personality traits, interests (woman- shopping, men- sports), and abilities (men are more likely to help out than women, because those things are dangerous). 4. What is the difference between ‘sex’ and ‘gender’ and why is it important to make this distinction? a. Sex- the set of biological characteristics associated with being male or female b. Gender- the social and psychological traits that are expected of people based on their biological sex (cultural specific) c. If you call it a sex difference, it is biological (unchangeable), if you call it a gender difference, then it is a social force. 5. What are gender roles? a. The culturally imposed expectations for behavior of those who are identified as female or male 6. Know the details about the different theories I presented in class about how we learn our “gender”. In what ways are they similar, if at all? In what ways
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This note was uploaded on 06/21/2008 for the course HDF 304 taught by Professor Gray during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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HDF Review sheet 4 - HDF 304/WGS 301 Family Relationships...

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