Today we are learning about: GENDER
Why do I need to learn about gender?
Once we learn about Gender, we will be able to challenge societal norms!
We will also be able to challenge gender relations!
But isn't "gender" and "sex" the same thing?
"Sex" is one's biological differences
"Gender" is the meaning that is culturally or socially given to that difference
Therefore, Gender is...
A social and cultural process where meaning is assigned and roles are proposed
Relates to what is "feminine"and what is "masculine"
Some examples of traditional Gender stereotypes...
Women are: kind, weak, compassionate, nurturing, emotional and caring
Men are: tough, aggressive, dominant, rational, and insenstive
Some examples of Sex characteristics...
Females menstruate, they have ovaries, and can become pregnant
Males have a penis and testicles, and cannot become pregnant
* One may choose their gender that does not necessairly correlate with their biological sex (a biological male may decide he is a woman)
* "There is no 'natural' relation between anatomical equipment and what that equipment is supposed to mean..." (Nealon and Searls Giroux)
* Gender is a practice, it is something we do!
* You can imagine it as a performance,we peform gender for others (Butler)
* "Sex" is the biological difference (Male and Female)
*Gender is the meaning given to that difference (Masculine or Feminine)
Thanks for joining today's class!