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Unformatted text preview: What is Sex? What is Gender? Sex: a complex interplay of genes, hormones, environment, and behavior. Male, female, and intersex are labels that refer to sex. Gender: a social status and personal identify. A relational category that is socially constructed through social interactions within social institutions, and varies across different contexts. Not just and individual-level category- Social institutions/structures can also be gendered. Social Construction The process of constructing reality, in which our ideas about how the world works become solidified through repeated interaction, to the point where we take those ideas for granted and assume they are real. We have social constructed racial categories. How gender varies by situation What women and men are “expected” to do (i.e. norms” in one situation might be different in a different situation.- How do we expect a woman to act when she cares for her child? How might those expectations change if that same woman is competing in the NCAA woman’s...
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- Spring '11
- Sociology, NCAA, Patricia Hill Collins, Baca Zinn