1018 - Week 9: Durable Inequalities& Traditional...

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Unformatted text preview: Week 9: Durable Inequalities & Traditional Axes of Difference—Gender 10/18/2010 Lorber: Gender Means Sameness & Difference • Sameness o The social institution of gender depends on the production and maintenance of a limited number of gender statuses and of making the members of these statuses similar to each other. We have to be taught to be masculine and feminine. i.e., schools separation of boys and girls institutionalized i.e., in the homegender roles are naturalized • Differences o The social institution of gender insists only that what we do as men and women is perceived as different, even if we are doing the same thing! Women…. write in diaries Men…write in journals • “Sameness Taboo”: Resolving the Paradox of the Male Nurse o Questions the males ability, sexuality, and intelligence o Fixing the paradox in demand for lifting heavy patients (lifting, being strong), construct themselves in ways that preserve their masculinity Doing Gender. Gender as a Process • As a process, gender creates and recreates the social differences that define “woman” and “man”. • In the process of daily performing gender, we reproduce the meanings attached to being male and female. Gender as Stratification • As part of a stratification system, gender ranks men above of the same race and class o One gender is usually the norm. (MALE) o Ideological system in place to support ranking (PATRIARHCY) Gender as a Structure • Gender…. o Divides work in the home and in economic production; legitimates those in authority THUS, Gender is both ascribed and achieved ...
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