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Unformatted text preview: SEX AND GENDER GENDER Social definition of the socially and cultural constructed differences between males and females, found in the meanings, practices and beliefs of masculinity and femininity— the real differences in society between men and women are gender differences—men are attacked (by Ah-nold) as “girly men” or “sissies” while certain women are “dykes” or “butch” Judith Lorber (1994) “Gender is a human invention, like language kinship, religion and technology; like them gender organizes human social life in culturally patterned ways. Gender organizes social relations in everyday life as well as in the major social structures, such as social class and the hierarchies of human bureaucratic organizations.” (quoted in Kendall, p. 359) Gender role —attitudes, stereotypes and expectations that are socially defined as appropriate for each sex—learned through the socialization process— gender identity is a person’s perception of the self as female or male—there are gendered institutions and gender...
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- Fall '10
- Judith Lorber, GENDER Social definition, raising-· Horticultural and Pastoral Societies