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Sex and Gender
Transcript of Sex and Gender
Sex & Gender:What’s the difference?
Genetic (phenotypic expressions)
Cultural (i.e. is learned, not fixed)
Standards of behavior
Roles for men and women (occasionally third genders).
XX, XY doesn’t really cover the range of human genetic expression
At least 5 sexes
secondary sex characteristics
Roles are culturally determined
Wide variety of assumptions about what masculine and feminine are.
There are not consistent patterns across time and space
Implicit and explicit
Foucault and the history of Western conceptions of human sexuality
Patriarchy, needs clear cut boundaries between male and female
Control of bodies- Discipline
Why Does Society Care about Sex or Gender Expression?
Alternate Conceptions of Gender