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Chapter 11

Chapter 11

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Department
Sociology
Course Code
SOCA01H3
Professor
Malcolm Mac Kinnon

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Chapter 11Sexuality and Gender Sex Versus GenderIs it a Boy or a GirlFirst case of gender reassignment for child who ended up with the name David Reimer Penis had been burned off during castration so parents found Doctor Money who believed gender could be reassigned if surgery and hormones were givenIntersexed infants are babies born with ambiguous genitals because of a hormone imbalance in the womb or some other causeThen Brenda continued to act like a boy through much of her childhood lashing out being teased at school and at 14 attempted suicideEventually told of her original gender she decided to undergo sex reassignment once more to be maleEventually became David married and adopted 3 kidsIn 2004 at age 38 he committed suicideGender Identity and Gender RoleSex depends on whether you were born with distinct male or female genitalia and a genetic program that released either male or female hormones to stimulate the development of your reproductive systemGender your sense of being male or female and your playing of masculine and feminine roles in ways defined as appropriate by your culture and society Gender identity persons identification with or sense of belonging to a particular sexbiologically psychologically and socially Gender role the set of behaviours associated with widely shared expectations about how males and females are supposed to act Babies start to develop vague sense of sex by age 1 and are fully aware between ages 2 and 3Social learning of gender begins very earlyHeterosexuality preference for members of the opposite sex as sexual partners
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