SC1101E Wk6 Gender and Sexuality version 2

SC1101E Wk6 Gender and Sexuality version 2 - SHORT...

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SHORT ASSIGNMENT – SOFT COPY File Name: SA_(Tutorial Group)_Name WHERE: Workbin of your TA/Tutor’s sub-module on IVLE •HOW? Enter your TA/Tutor’s sub-module Click on Workbin in the sub-module Click on Student Submission Upload your file
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GENDER & SEXUALITY
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Lecture Aims Reconsider our assumptions about being male or female – and the differences it makes gender differences How, not just gender, but also sexuality, are culturally produced, reproduced, or challenged, through everyday practices and social structures.
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How much do you know about a person once you have identified his/her gender?
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Gender inherent in biological makeup ? the female brain
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Gender inherent in biological makeup ? the male brain
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Explaining Gender Differences Biological Determinism Relativism Political. Moral & Religious Convictions
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Survival of the species (Evolutionary imperative) Women Limited in capacity to reproduce. Few partners Programmed to seek out fewer mates & to care for offsprings Men Huge capacity to reproduce. Seek multiple partners Leads to competition among men (competitiveness, aggression, jealousy)
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Gender in Society Are women and men fundamentally unequal everywhere? Is it inevitable? Why are societies generally patriarchal? What alternatives are there?
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Matrilineal vs Matriarchal society Matrilineal Descent – principle of tracing descent through women Women own property; but men control them Matriarchal societies a theoretical construct Other examples: Navajo; Hopi (N. America); Basque (Spain); Lahu (Southwest China) Minangkabau Rumah Gadang (Great House) in West Sumatra
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Functionalist Perspective – Talcott Parsons Traditional gender roles integrate society Division of Labour Reproduced through gender role socialization Boys – essence of masculinity (instrumental): rationality, self- assuredness, competitiveness Girls – essence of femininity (expressiveness) - nurturance & sensitivity
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Ignores historical and cultural variability Variations within gender groups Ignores power
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