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Notes 11-9-11 - Notes 11/9/11 Gender and Sexuality Nature...

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Gender and Sexuality Nature and Nurture o Women and men are different Bodies are different Different activities Biology or culture Are there regularities across cultures? Biology: Sex o Biological males and females o Women: selective; monogamous Pregnancy is a larger investment for women Women have shorter reproductive life Pregnancy, breastfeeding increases vulnerability o Biology is not destiny Think Twice o Sex attributes show a wide diversity A continuum between “male” and “female” o Intersex Noticed in about1 in 2000 births o Sex changes o Where does male end and female begin? Social, cultural, construction Gender o Gender: “the cultural construction of male and female characteristics” o Gender roles o Gender stratification o Transgender Ethnology of Gender o Men: Heavy work, hunting Warfare Public activities o Women: Gathering Childrearing Domestic activities Evolution of Gender Stratification
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