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Gender
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What is Gender?
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Definitions Sex: biological difference between males and females Gender: Cultural construction of that difference Gender: What it means to be a woman or a man in a particular society and the kind of behavior and thought that is considered to be feminine or masculine.
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Assumptions Both male and female roles and identities Socially constructed Changes over time Differs from culture to culture Interacts with other social construction: race and class Immediately contested because an ideology Intimately connected to power
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Gender as ‘Lynchpin’ Percieved as ‘natural.’ Intuitive, highly emotional, even instinctual intensity. Renders other social constructions ‘natural
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Issues Are women and men the same or different? Is there an essential male or female? Are public issues separate from and more significant than private experience? Women’s history vs. Gender history
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Discourse Body of thought and Representation Privileges language as causation Gender frontiers: ♀ & ♂ different cultures clash, collide, come together
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Lens: Through whose eyes?
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