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Department
Sociology
Course
SOCI 1127
Professor
K.Mazri
Semester
Summer

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Sociobiology Examines behaviors based on their adoptive suitability Natural selection Genes passed on when behaviors more adapted to environment Male sexual aggression cause by biological differences Men have multiple potentials to pass on genes --millions of sperm Women have finite number of eggs To their benefit to choose their partners carefully Critics of essentialism Ignores the historical and cultural variability of gender and sexuality Essentialism- men have multiple partners, women are monogamous because od biology Sperm vs. eggs Counter example Na people of S.W china Women choose sexual partners every night Over generalizes: ignores wide variation within gender groups No evidence of actual genetic differences leading to different behaviors Ignores the role of power Social constructionism Gender differences vary over time and place, shaped by social structures Key social factors in gender difference Long distance war, strata of soldiers Spilt
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