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Sociology 101

by: Madison Pamfilis

Sociology 101 Sociology 101

Madison Pamfilis
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These notes cover the material that was discussed in lecture during the week of March 1st, I hope it helps!
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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Madison Pamfilis on Sunday March 6, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to Sociology 101 at Towson University taught by William Tsitsos in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 34 views. For similar materials see Intro to Sociology in Sociology at Towson University.


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Date Created: 03/06/16
Sociology Notes 3/1/16 Sex and Gender  Sex and gender are not the same!  Sex: biological maleness or femaleness  Gender: “psychological, social, and cultural aspects of maleness and femaleness o Sociologists often speak of “doing or performing gender”  Social construction of sex: not the same arguments as for the social construction of race; the two category (M/F) system is a social construction that does not reflect the variety of human sexual diversity o By this argument sex should be viewed as a spectrum o Babies born of “indeterminate sex” (“intersex”, hermaphrodite, sexual dimorphism)  Social construction of gender: femininity/masculinity is enforced by social forces (media, parents, other agents) and traits do not reflect genetic dispositions  Gender inequality: o In the media: portrayal of women as inconsistent (perfect wife/mother/career woman); sexualization of female athletes and reporters; “catch 22” of gender in media and pop culture (ex: women who care too much about their appearance are shallow, but if they do not care enough their sexuality is questioned) o In families: much of the inequalities that women face today are centered around their traditional family role; working women essentially work two jobs (work and family) seen as a “second shift” o Economy: gender segregation (about half of all US workers are female, this increases in male dominated fields); women still make up the majority of traditionally “female” jobs [administration, childcare, teaching]  The Gender Wage Gap: o Full time working women earn 77% of their male counterparts o The wage gap is wider for women of color (intersectionality of race and gender)


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