SOC 101 Julie A. White Monroe Community College
Logistics Exams Turn in final project topic
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Sex, Sexuality, and Gender
‘R’ Toys Us? Constructions of gender Words in "Boys'" Toys Ads
‘R’ Toys Us? Constructions of gender Words in "Girls'" Toys Ads
Psychology Today Article #1 Psychology Today Article #2
ď‚— Letting 'Princess Boys"
Be...Themselves? (Michele Martin radio show) ď‚— Dyson Kilodavis and Family with Joy Behar
What is deviant sexuality? For boys/men?
Homophobia as Gender
"Not Myself Tonight":
Policing Yankees vs. Red Sox
Christine Aguilera Lady Gaga vs XTina:
construction of sexuality
What is deviant sexuality? “Sexual desire in Western culture is, in fact, rarely represented through signifiers of the ‘normal.’ Unlike sexual relations which can be regulated by the state through institutions such as marriage, sexual desire is often taken to be something beyond social organization or rational control. That is one reason why erotic arousal is so frequently experienced…and portrayed as being downright ‘dangerous’ as well.” --Katherine Liepe Levinson, in her book Strip Show
Sexual Identity—a changing concept The term “homosexual” was not in use until the 1880’s,
and then it referred to someone who “possessed the mental state of the other gender,” such as: Doing the work of the other gender Playing the games of the other gender Drinking the drinks of the other gender Performing the sexual acts of the other gender
Sexual identity in the 1900’s During the first part of the century, the most important
characteristic of sexual behavior was whether it was: “normal” (procreative/reproductive) “abnormal” (nonprocreative)
Men were divided based not on sexual behavior but on
gender presentation and status: “fairies,” “faggots,” “queers”—traditional feminine
characteristics “real men”—traditional masculine characteristics; may or may not be willing to accept advances from another men
Sexual Identity in the 2000’s Sexual behavior vs. sexual identity: Research Methods and Studying Sex: Sally Raskoff
Sexual identity/orientation: Gay, lesbian Bisexual Heterosexual Queer
Sexual identity vs. Gender identity Sexual identity has to do
Gender identity has to
Whether a person feels
Whether a person
attracted to men and/or women, emotionally, romantically, sexually As a social identity, who a person enjoys hanging out with
identifies more with traits generally considered masculine, feminine, or both How a person chooses to publicly present, in terms of dress, mannerisms, appearance
Writing assignment: Just as sociologists discuss race as a social construct, we also view gender and sexuality as socially constructed. Choose EITHER gender identity or sexual identity and discuss the ways in which agents of socialization (such as family, peers, sports, school, etc.) influence its construction.