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Lecture 12

SOCC38H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 12: Structural Level

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Ann Mullen

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#1. What is a gendered institution? Describe and discuss two examples from the readings related to
gendered institutions.
- Gender is salient, women and men are seen in different views
- Choosing where to sit—choosing to sit with the same gender
- English—taught by women more. Math—taught by men more
- Textbooks—boys had a narrow scope of masculinity and women have a broader scope of
- Sports article written by Messner. Assumption that boys will be at the same athletic capability
as other boys whereas, girls would not be
#2. What is a gendering institution? Describe and discuss two examples from the readings related to
gendering institutions.
- Similar to gender institution. One that segregates the two genders and creates a sort of
stereotypical gender bias. Not have one gender as opposed to another
- All boys school—women couldn’t compete or fit into the school. Possibility of distracting male
students and sexual tension.
oLaw suit. Women got permission to go into the school. Dillema—women could not be
successful women and successful cadet at the same time.
- Psuedo-science
oResearch that says boys learn differently from girls. Not really scientific research.
Creating an excuse to have a gendered institution.
- Conflating gendering institution—actively producing gender differences
#3. Kimmel, in his article “Saving the Males,” writes that “The gender of institutions does more to
shape the behaviours of the people in them than the gendered identities of individuals who populate
them.” Discuss what he means by this and explain whether you agree or disagree with his claim.
- Agree with this claim
- Co-ed gym. Girls can’t do certain activities compared to boys, this would impede their
- Gender stereotypes would lessen in all female schools to allow them to gain more experience
#4. What is Intersectionality? What is an intersectional analysis? What is gained by an intersectional
- A term coined by Kimberly Crenshaw that surrounds the understanding of humans being
shaped by interactions of different social locations (race/ethnicity, indigeneity, gender, class,
- A multi-level analysis looking at macro, intermediate, micro, individual (so starting big on a
broad scale and then narrowing it down)
- There is an eye on power hierarchies and the differences that are generated from it
- We can view an issue in a multi-dimensional way. It helps to understand power reflexivity, time
and space, and diversity of knowledge
- Looking at health requires one to understand various factors like social factors (such as social
support networks, risky behaviour), environmental factors (such as living in unsanitary and
crowded living conditions or exposure to contaminants form pollution factors –such as
genes/heredity.) Point being , you can’t just study health through one lens: you must look at
health holistically.
- Better capture the complexity of our identities
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