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Lecture 1

WMST 2010 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Jeff Lorber

Women's Studies
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WMST 2010

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The Social Construction of Gender 9/8/16 3:49 PM
Night To His Day
1. Where do you look for an article’s argument?
o In the introduction, conclusion or title.
2. What is Lorber’s Argument?
o “Gender is so pervasive that in our society we assume it is
bred into our genes”
o “Yet gender, like culture, is a human production that depends
on everyone constantly ‘doing gender’”
3. Evidence to support her claim
o Baby on public transportation
“Gender construction starts with assignment to a sex category on the basis
of what the genitalia look like at birth” (Lorber 14)
1. What terms are used to reference the sexed body?
o Presence/absence of a penis, breasts, hair.
“One of the major ways that human beings organized their lives”
Gender has meaning, meaning has value (meaning ßà value)
o Change, time and culture
“Is a process of creating distinguishable social statuses for the
assignment of rights and responsibilities” (15)
Gender is one of those things everyone thinks they understand, but
most people don’t. GENDER ISN’T BINARY.
Gender Bread Person
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