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?
The assumption of gender dimorphism (Roy, p.113)
2 types of bodies opposites
The assumption that particular personal trnaturally correspond with dimorphic gender categories.
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”
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?
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.
To Do Gender: The phras