2-28-08 Gender Differences

2-28-08 Gender Differences - Gender and FamiliesGender and...

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Unformatted text preview: 2-28-2008Gender and FamiliesGender and Families•Why families?o1. Identity constructiono2. Inequality experienceBiological: sex•Female—Male•Determined at birthoReproductive organsoBody type, hormones, etc.•Binary by social definitionoAbout 2% “deviation from the ideal male or female”o.1% or .2% have surgerySocial: gender•Woman—Man•Socially determined•Variable across time/placeoDivision of laboroFamily/reproductionoExceptions make the rules•Men (almost) always dominateBiology and Social Construction•Sociobiology/evolutionary psychology•Reproduction imperativeoInstinctive goal is genetic successoOffspring survive to reproductive ageExplaining of Gender Differences•“Men inseminate”oTastes evolved for:Recreational sexLust without attachmentoBehavior geared to maximizing offspring•“Women incubate”oFrom pregnancy, breastfeeding needsoTaste for:Relationship-based intimacySophisticated sexual and emotional skills•E.G. Hypergamy•Female preference...
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This note was uploaded on 03/26/2008 for the course SOCI 130 taught by Professor Cohen during the Spring '08 term at UNC.

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