SOCIOL 1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 21: Masculin Féminin, Femininity, Masculinity

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7 Apr 2019
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In the beginning, there was sex and gender . Sex: is a determination made through the application of socially agreed upon biological criteria for classifying persons as females or males -john gray, men are from mars, women are from venus. To boil it down, boys have a penis and girls have a vagina. Gender: is the activity of managing situated conduct in light of normative conceptions of attitudes and activities appropriate for one"s sex category. Gender activities emerge from and bolster claims to membership ina sex category. Activity of managing situated conduct = how we behave in any moment of life, how we make choices appropriate for one"s sex category. Recap: norms are how to behave in a certain situation. Gender is a familiar part of our daily life. We never question it bc its so routine practice it without thinking about it. Always assume that gender is bred into our genes rather than the product of human interactions.

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