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Unformatted text preview: “Sex” vs. “Gender” Sex marks the distinction between women and men as a result of their biological, physical, and genetic differences Gender is the social and cultural manifestation of biological “sex” What is gender? System of classification (Lorber) Masculinity and femininity Individuals become gendered through S Assignment Gender roles are set by convention and other social, economic, political, and cultural forces. Essentialism vs. Social Construction Humans create gender! Gender categories exist in all known cultures, but the content varies. Some cultures have more than 2. There are multiple things that go into biological sex itself. Some of us are on a continuum of biological sex (pure male, pure female) Kessler- What range is considered normal? The 2 nd way of thinking about gender: Lorber wants us to think about – Believing is seeing. You can only make sense of sex as gender. So we already use language, images, and values to make sense of bodies. How do individuals become gendered? What is gender? System of classification (Lorber) Masculinity and femininity Individuals become gendered through: S Assignment-we are born into one biological category or another. Putting babies in a category.-We expect biology to line up with gender. S Identity-subjective feeling, sense of yourself as belonging to the category of woman or man....
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This note was uploaded on 02/03/2011 for the course WOMENSTD 240 taught by Professor Cortera during the Winter '07 term at University of Michigan.
- Winter '07