Gender Differences in Work

Gender Differences in Work - Eng. 100 - Sum. 196 Hafez,...

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Unformatted text preview: Eng. 100 - Sum. 196 Hafez, Fall 2000 Directions: You have 45 minutes to read and summarize the following passage. The number of words in the passage is indicated in brackets, at the end of the passage. Your summary should be approximately one third the length of the original text. Gender Differences in Work Sex is a physical distinction; gender is social and cultural. Although masculine and feminine gender is associated with male and female sex, the division of labor between men and women is a matter of gender roles - determined by culture rather than by sex, and the key to understanding the division of labor patterns is in the culture, rather than in human physiology or anatomy. All over the world there are feminine tasks and masculine tasks; work usually done by women and types of work undertaken by men. This sexual division of labor is often explained "as a natural result of physiological and psychic differences between men and women. . . but apart from the obvious case of childbearing, there are extremely few examples of sex division of...
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