WSTA01H3 Lecture Notes - Sociobiology

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L. Sept.21 st
-Anatomy is decisive.
-Basis for difference in mens and womens experiences.
1) Biological theories play central role in our understanding of both gender difference and
gender inequality.
2) They seem to look at objective scientific facts.
3) They seem to agree with our own observations. Males and females often agree to be from
different planets.
4) There is a certain conceptual tidiness to biological explanations (assure us)
-> social is natural-> social arrangement between men and women.
-fixed and changeable; natural = inequalities that exist
-inequalities stand from biological differences
-fixed and changeable and inevitable.
1) existing inequalities are not our fault, no one is to blame= work of nature.
2) we cannot be held responsible, its in our genes. Why biological
explanations are
3) no amount of political initiative, social reform and social spending will
important.
change the differences of men and women.
Biological Theories
-back to late 19th century
-Darwins theory on the origins of species-> 1859
-Four key arguments of the Theory of Natural Selection:
1.Reproduction and natural environment.
2.Genes are passed from one generation to the next
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Males and females often agree to be from different planets: there is a certain conceptual tidiness to biological explanations (assure us) > social is natural-> social arrangement between men and women. Fixed and changeable; natural = inequalities that exist. Fixed and changeable and inevitable: existing inequalities are not our fault, no one is to blame= work of nature, we cannot be held responsible, it"s in our genes. Why biological explanations are: no amount of political initiative, social reform and social spending will important. change the differences of men and women. Darwin"s theory on the origins of species-> 1859. Four key arguments of the theory of natural selection: reproduction and natural environment, genes are passed from one generation to the next www. notesolution. com. Productively successful= higher chance of passing own genes: species adapt to their changing environment, those characteristics that survive ten to become common in species. Argued if women are excluded from public life = good reason for it.

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