SOCIOL 4A03 Lecture Notes - Gender Role, Cross-Dressing, Hermaphrodite

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31 Jan 2013

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Sex for Money
It’s treating people as a “means to an end” in this case “my sexual gratification”
Instead of this:
We should always treat people as “ends in themselves” this is “dignity”
The above comes from the great German philosopher Emmanuelle Kant (1724-1804)
C.O.Y.O.T.E. = “Call off your old tired ethics”
Hermaphrodites or Intersex:
-biological sexuality is not always clear cut
-in rare cases we have hermaphroditism
-South African woman ran in women’s race and won
-had been tested and found to have intersex qualities
-elevated levels of testosterone
-had male testes that are internal
-the word hermaphrodite comes from Greek mythology
- Greek god Hermes and goddess Aphrodite
-the Greeks stood in awe of this condition and though its origin was super natural
-sometimes these characteristics are internal
-sometimes people have both male and female genitalia
-the cultural side has generally been uneasy w/ sexual ambiguity
-this is not the case w/ all cultures
-in Thailand, it’s generally accepted w/ relatively little stigma (negative label)
-NavajoAboriginal group in South West part of the USA
-also look on it w/ awe and as something supernatural
-people who were intersex became influential people in the tribe
-may have transplants to function as normal males and females
-some deliberately change their sex
-someone who is prepared to undergo therapy and surgery to change their sex
-gender identity is out of synch w/ the body
-sometimes a person’s identity doesn’t line up w/ their biology
-some people are convinced that they are a “woman in a man’s body” or vice versa
-this kind of surgery is covered by OHIP in Canada
-gender rolesexpectations about how males and females are supposed to act
-men who are absolute “fuss pots”/extremely concerned about their appearance
-these men are heterosexuals
-ex. David Beckham
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