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Daniel Choi Section 2 Reading Notes Social Construction of Gender o Societies have established social distinctions between females and males that do not always result from biological differences between the sexes Example – female pilot, male nurse o Gender Roles = expectations regarding the proper behavior, attitudes, and activities of males and females o Society focuses on masculine and feminine qualities as if men and women must be evaluated in those terms Example – boys are expected to play with trucks; girls dolls What causes this? Homophobia = fear of and prejudice against homosexuality o Woman’s Gender Roles Main source of feminine self image is television; portrayed as thin and sexy Books give females helpless roles Gender roles generally restrict females more severely than males o Men’s Gender Roles Prove one’s masculinity at work and sports and relationships Threat of being called a “sissy” o Cross-Cultural Perspective
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