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Sociology
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SOC367 – Lecture 4 October 2, 2013 Social construction of gender Where are the men and women in the picture? How do we know? ­ Men are the right, women are the left ­ Women, wearing dress; men wearing the suit and ties (the way of clothing is  different) ­ The boy wearing blue, the girl wearing pink (color of clothing) Gender is a socially constructed product  ­ “Doing gender” means that gender is not something we HAVE, but something  we “DO” in interaction with others in everyday life.  Cornell’s work • Multiple forms of masculinity  • Different ways of using the male body  • Relationships between different masculinity highly structure, more dominated  or marginalized  • The meaning of masculinity is related to the meaning of femininity.  Masculinity (be strong, aggressive, power) Femininity (weak, passive, timid) Hegemonic masculinity: in relation to subordinated masculinity; hierarchy structure  ­ Most honored and highly recognized in society  ­ Good at sports  Subordinated masculinity: nerds; gay masculinity and female masculinity – people  who embody this masculinity not considered as manly and considered as ‘faggots’.  Movie: a boy in the ballet class; conversation between Belly and his father; what does  that tell us about the “fag” discourse?  ­ Perceived male ‘weakness’ ­ Describes femininity ­ Certain spaces are allowed certain bodies and not allowed into the certain  contexts  ­ “Is less about sexuality, but more about regulation of proper masculinity (“fag”  being subordinated masculinity) ­ Manifests differently according to race  Cornell’s study ­ African American’s boy; dancing and dress up  ▯don’t considered as faggots ­ Dancing: part of the group identity  Small group discussion: going back to
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