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Sociology
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SOC 100
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Fall

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Soc ­ Lecture 10/10/2013 Newborn baby – what is it? Is sex that deeply inscribed in personhood that it can be equated with being itself? Common sense: The assumption of gender dimorphism (Roy, p.113) 2 types of bodies ­ opposites  The assumption that particular personal trnaturally correspond with dimorphic gender categories. Sociological Perspective: Gender and sexuality are social and historical constructions Sex vs. Gender Sex: “…refers to the biological differences between the male and female of the human species”  (Roy, 112). Gender: “…refers to the kinds of social relations commonly attributed to differences between males and  females. Gender is a social category, not a biological one” (Roy, p.112) Biological differences do not explain the social differences What gender differences do we construct in our society? WOMEN MEN Sensitive Powerful emotional stronger caregivers smarter Materialistic  breadwinners delicate Riskier  Communicating Not good at communicating Gender as a Verb To Gender: “When gender is used as a verb [i.e., “to gender”], it refers to the process by which certain  roles, activities, qualities, traits, emotions or objects acquire masculine or feminine meanings” (Roy, pp.  112­113) To Do Gender: The phras
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