SOC100 Chapter Notes - Chapter 9: Sex Organ, Participant Observation, Social Constructionism

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Sex: anatomical or biological characteristics of women and men. Gender: parallel and socially unequal division into femininity and masculinity. Gender as a topic of study - origins: most critical work on gender has been carried out by feminist scholars: Annie marion maclean (1870-1934) - first canadian to obtain phd in sociology. First female sociologist in canada (mcgill, 1945) The lost and the lonely homeless women in montreal (1982) Helen abell (1917-2005) - founder of rural sociology in canada. Rural families and their homes: a longitudinal study of ontario rural. Decline of family farming as a way of life. Gender identity: the gender that a person feels him/herself to be. Can be same or opposite to sex assigned at birth. Sexual orientation: the identification of individuals as heterosexual, bisexual, or homosexual based on their emotional and sexual attractions, relationships. self-identity, and lifestyle. Misses out on how desires, attractions, and practices can vary over our lifetime.

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