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biological characteristics

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School
University of Guelph
Department
Sociology
Course
SOC 2390
Professor
Michael A Dixon
Semester
Fall

Description
Sex refers to biological characteristics that distinguish females and males. – Primary Sexual Characteristics are those biological distinctions between males and females related to reproduction. – Secondary Sexual Characteristics refer to physical distinctions between males and females that are not directly connected with reproduction. • Gender refers to the social and cultural characteristics that a society considers proper for its males and females (i.e., masculinity and femininity). • Gender Roles refers to roles and other expected behaviors that a society links to sex. • Gender Identity refers to traits that females and males – guided by their culture – incorporate into their personality • Patriarchy – a form of social organization in which males dominate females through male control of cultural, political, and economic structures • Sexism refers to the belief that one sex is innately superior to the other. • Androgyny – the possession of both mas
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