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Week 10 Gender Codes

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Week 10: Gender Codes 17:55 Sign up for GRC and presentation times. Gender is a social distinction, defined by culture, race, etc. (Other dichotomies: abled/disabled, primitive/modern, fact/experience,  whiteness/otherness, self/other) Used to distinguish male from female Biological sex markers Producer of sperm, ova, both, or neither Gender is typically dichotomized. Social codes Information in circulation Conversations, media, scientific reports Objective self-fashioning We take these biological facts that are in the world (from media, doctors, etc.) and  incorporate them into our lives Gender Dichotomy Male/female dichotomy is not biological Labeled male: xy Labeled female: xx Labeled abnormal: xxy, xxyy, xxxy, xyy, xo, xxx Problems with dichotomies: Forces people to fit into certain stereotypes with their rigidity Reinforce power dynamics: work that is being done to reinforce these power dynamics.  Neat categories don’t allow us to see the complexities in the world. authenticity trap: if we don’t fit into these certain categories, we have anxiety as to what  our identity is, so we try to fit ourselves into these roles. Erase complexity
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EC: BLACK AND WHITE 2006 Kristy MacDonald Was born, classified as a boy, after an exploratory surgery, they found a uterus. So then  changed gender to female. No support from other people. Photograph of her in a dress 
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