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Sheldon Ungar

Sociology Lecture Notes 6 Beom-Jun Park Gender and Sexuality Barbie dolls around since 1959 Based on German cartoonists creation Predicted that mother would buy dolls with breasts for little girls; they were WRONG Now worth 1 billion US dollars What do girls learn from Barbie? The ideal womanlive and be anything they want to Body image: Slender, light (110lbs?), personal hygiene, physical fitness Largely for the benefit of Ken, the pleasant, professional man heterosexual patriarchy Boys Toys teach stereotypical male roles Gender neutral toys are out; single-sex products are dominant Gender is product of lifelong socialization Some believe gender is biologically hardwired it is true to an extent Whether the way we express our sexuality and gender is biologically determined is debatable Sexual behaviour is not expressed dichotomicallynot just masculine and feminine Sex anatomical, chromosomal, and hormonal features that typically make one male or female Gender consists of the feelings, attitudes and behaviours typically associated with being male or female Gender identity is ones sense of belonging to a particular sex biologically, psychologically and socially
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