Gender in Today’s Society Fall 08

Gender in Today’s Society Fall 08 - Gender in...

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Gender in Today’s Society
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Gender Biological Foundation Sex – refers to biological traits that distinguish males and females Internal and external reproductive anatomy Chromosomes Hormones Gender - social construct; the sum of our developmental and lifecourse experiences Social Constructs Gender roles – explicitly expressed and implicitly implied behaviors, feelings, attributes and traits that society expects of the male or female
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Femininities Masculine Scripts Women should offer emotional support. Ideal woman is attractive, not too competitive, a good listener and adaptable. Women are expected to be good mothers and put the needs of others first. Superwoman - successful at a career and a good wife/mother. 1. No sissy-stuff - men are expected to distance themselves from anything feminine. 2. Big wheel - men should be occupationally or financially successful. 3. Sturdy oak - men should be confident and self-reliant. 4. Give ‘em hell -men should do what is necessary to “make it”.
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Aspects of Gender Gender role – behaviors, attitudes, beliefs and values appropriate for males and females Gender Identity – how an individual adapts to expected gender roles Gender presentation – how an individual presents his or her gender identity Gender stereotypes – cultural beliefs about gender roles and how they should be enacted
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This note was uploaded on 02/17/2011 for the course WOST 301 taught by Professor Bessellieu during the Fall '08 term at South Carolina.

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