UNT SOCI 4250 - Ch 1_Introducing Gender (15 pages)

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University of North Texas
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Soci 4250 - Gender and Society

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Chapter One What is Gender and Why Should We Care About It There she was just a walkin down the street Throughout this course we ll learn to see gender in the world around us And we will come to recognize gender as a social factor that is collectively created and sustained gender is not just an individual attribute Think about when you walk down a street Can you identify everyone s gender How do you know their gender Has someone s gender ever been unclear or ambiguous to you Questioning Gender A Sociological Exploration by Robyn Ryle 2012 Pine Forge Press Seeing Gender Seeing gender involves more than just identifying the gender of those around you Think back to the people on the street How does gender affect the way women and men are perceived and how they are treated Occupation income family responsibilities Treatment by persons of the opposite sex Treatment by persons of the same sex When someone doesn t conform to gender norms how are sanctions aimed at correcting the behavior often applied Questioning Gender A Sociological Exploration by Robyn Ryle 2012 Pine Forge Press Seeing Gender Research often reveals facets of gender that may otherwise remain invisible to us Uncovering the taken for granted aspects of gender can help us think more critically about gender and can open up new opportunities By learning to see gender we can develop a special kind of vision How gender affects our lives on a deeper levelQuestioning Gender A Sociological Exploration by Robyn Ryle 2012 Pine Forge Press The Social Construction of Reality This idea gets at the historical process by which our experiences of the world become put into categories and treated as real things Eg Consider the reality of race in the 19th and early 20th century Slavery science and social policy sustained ideologies about the biological inferiority of African Americans now rejected Thomas Principle Questioning Gender A Sociological Exploration by Robyn Ryle 2012 Pine Forge Press Understanding Social



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