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Lecture 1

SOCC38 Lecture 1: Week 1


Department
Sociology
Course Code
SOCC38H3
Professor
Ann Mullen
Lecture
1

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Week 1
WRITING EXERCISE: EXPLORING PERSONAL BELIEFS ABOUT SEX AND
GENDER
Human males are naturally more aggressive than females
-What do we mean by naturally?
oTestosterone? Biological explanation? – May be true if it was related to
testosterone
-What do we mean by aggression?
oMale forms of aggression?
oPhysical aggression?
oTalking loudly during conversations?
oBeing coercive/controlling
oRecognize that aggression is associated with male forms of aggression
-(False) There are lots of social training about behaviour – learn how to be men or
women
oNaturally or being trained by society
-(False) Research does not show connection between Testosterone and
aggression
oWhat would make men be biologically aggressive
-(False) Person’s traits/characteristics
oPassive or active?
oSome men that are aggressive and some that aren’t. To say that all of
them are aggressive is over-generalization
oDepends on individual background
HUMAN FEMALES ARE MORE NATURALLY MORE NURTURING THAN MALES
-Are females pre-determined to be more nurturing? Or is this a societal
conditioning?
-Women have the physical capacity to bear children (biological difference)
therefore, they are more nurturing
oWe may also see a lot of women who are not nurturing to their children
oNot true that all women want kids and sometimes, those that want may
later find out that they don’t
oMen sometimes also takes very nurturing roles
-(False) Stereotype of nuclear family
oMales going to work, females staying at home to take care of children.
However, now we do have males who stay at home and take care of
children and women go to work instead
-“Naturally” generalizes in addition to the word “human male/female”
oDepends on individual characteristics
oThere’s a lot of human variation
oMany exceptions; biological reason
-Depends on environment that males/females grow up in
oWhat one plays with when they’re young
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