Sex differentiation II

Sex differentiation - Sexuality, Gender, and Sex Differen2a2on II February 22nd, 2011 Lecture Overview 1.  Defining Gender

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Unformatted text preview: Sexuality, Gender, and Sex Differen2a2on II February 22nd, 2011 Lecture Overview 1.  Defining Gender 2.  Transgenderism and Transsexualism 3.  Trans Genera2on Working Defini2ons •  Sex – refers to the inborn biological and physiological characteris2cs that relate to reproduc2on •  Gender – traits and roles considered appropriate for males and females •  Determined by culture and society •  Sexuality – how people experience the ero2c and express themselves as sexual beings Objec2ves of next 3 classes… •  Challenge the assump2ons that underlie the meanings aOached to sex, gender, and sexuality •  Problema2ze the no2on that: –  These categories are stable –  That they exist in binaries **sex is poli2cal Defining Gender Gender •  Sex is not simply NATURE and gender NURTURE –  Importance of mind ­body rela2onships –  Issues of social power •  David Reimer •  gender – traits and roles considered appropriate for males and females within a culture •  social power – control over events or resources that other people value –  aOribute to rela2onships, not individuals Defining/Iden2fying Gender •  Gender can be thought of as: –  A universal system of classifica2on that accords greater power to men –  A dynamic process of performing what it means to be male or female –  An aspect of individual iden2ty and a[tudes Defining/Iden2fying Gender •  People change their behaviors in rela2on to gender based on: –  Iden2fy or self ­image –  Self ­presenta2on –  Social demands –  Social norms •  gender iden2ty – conceiving of oneself as boy or girl; man or woman Transgenderism and Transsexualism Terminology •  transgender – “across gender” –  Individuals whose sex and gender iden2ty or expression are not the way most experience themselves as male or female; man or woman –  Umbrella term •  transsexual – subset of individuals who feel that the best way to express their iden22es is to change their sex Terminology •  transgender – “across gender” –  Individuals whose sex and gender iden2ty or expression are not the way most experience themselves as male or female; man or woman –  Umbrella term •  gender queer •  FTM •  MTF Gender Iden2ty Disorder (GID) •  Strong and persistent desire to be the other sex or belief that one really is the other sex •  Gender Dysphoria –  “wrong body” Gender Iden2ty Disorder (GID) •  A. A strong persistent cross ­gender iden2fica2on (not merely a desire for any perceived cultural advantages of being the other sex). •  B. Persistent discomfort with his or her sex or sense of inappropriateness in the gender role of that sex. •  C. The disturbance is not concurrent with physical intersex condi2on. •  D. The disturbance causes clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupa2onal, or other important areas of func2oning. * Note on symptomology for children Gender Iden2ty Disorder (GID) Treatments •  sex reassignment surgery •  hormone therapy Gender Iden2ty Disorder (GID) •  Is GID being considered a psychiatric disorder problema2c? Are there benefits? Trans Genera2on •  What can we learn from these individuals experiences about the rela2onship between sex, gender, and sexuality? Trans Debate •  A disorder? •  Reinforcement of the gender binary? •  DSM V ...
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This note was uploaded on 02/28/2011 for the course PSYCH 170 taught by Professor Harding during the Spring '09 term at CUNY Hunter.

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