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Lecture 7

HLTH101 Lecture Notes - Lecture 7: Hegemonic Masculinity

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Sociology February 25
Third assignment
Each group has a document and video assigned to the group
Going to be asked to sociologically describe what happens in the video using
concepts learned in class
Intro to gender relations and you
We are influenced by social norms, institutions and culturally defined roles
We live our lives in particular historical and social contexts that have
Laws, rules conventions and expectation
Interested in how society is structured by gender and how gender works in
social institutions
Sex is biological, but gender is socially constructed
Four benchmark ideas are explored in this chapter
1: gender is a vantage point of critique, most stuff written by men
2: gender is a social construction
3: gender is realized in social roles and institutions
4: gender is a relation of power and inequality
Gender as a vantage point of critique
sociology has been dominated by men
women were invisible within the content of sociology and in the profession
of sociology
this includes examination of body image, transgressive sexualities, eating
disorders and male sexual responsibilities
sociologists often refer to the phrase “Hegemonic masculinity”
it refers to the dominant form of masculinity in society that espouses men
should be strong, assertive, aggressive, self reliant, and free from traditional
feminine characteristics
social engineering is changing the way we think and act, because of the
one of the earliest developments in thinking about gender was to challenge
the idea that gender identity was simply attached to biological identity
gender was argued to be distinct from sex
gender was believed to be the social construct while sex referred to
biological characteristics
sociologists regard sexual identity as fluid and diverse
this structure is knows as patriarchy
Gender relations and relations of indifferences
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