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Hegemonic Masculinity and Emphasized Femininity
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Hegemony Hegemony: “rule of society by a social group by imposed “common sense” -- everyday beliefs” (values, norms, practices) used as the foundation for complex systems of political, social, and economic domination. (C&W’s take on a concept originated by Antonio Gramsci)
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Sex and Gender Sex: concept determined on the basis of primary sex characteristics. Sex is socially constructed. Primary sex characteristics: Anatomical traits essential to reproduction. Usually invisible to observers: we can’t see someone’s DNA. Example: chromosomes, genitals, and hormones. Secondary sex characteristics: Physical traits not essential to reproduction (breast development, quality of voice, distribution of facial and body hair, and skeletal form) that result from the action of so-called male (androgen) and female (estrogen) hormones. Often visible to observers.
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Gender: social distinction based on culturally conceived and learned ideas about appropriate appearance, behavior, and mental or emotional characteristics for males and females. Gender is . . . (everywhere).
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This note was uploaded on 03/02/2012 for the course SOCI 1160 taught by Professor Cantrell during the Spring '08 term at Georgia State.

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