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Below is a sample breakdown of the Sex and Gender in Society chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||Sex and gender||Sex, gender and sexual orientation; gender roles in Israeli kibbutzim, pre-industrial societies and New Guinean societies|
|Tuesday||Sexual relationships and sexism||Differences between patriarchy and matriarchy; examples of old-fashioned, modern, hostile, ambivalent and benevolent sexism; characteristics of nuclear and extended families, exogamy, endogamy and the different forms of marriage|
|Wednesday||Sexual controversies||Varying cultural attitudes towards teen pregnancy, the use of birth control, prostitution and pornography; examples of institutional sexism at home, in politics, in the military and at work|
|Thursday||Violence and sexual harassment||Gender differences in sexual assault, rape and domestic violence statistics; examples of hostile environment and quid pro quo sexual harassment|
|Friday||Feminism||Feminism defined; characteristics of radical, socialist, cultural and liberal feminism|
1. Feminism Types and Definitions: Liberal, Socialist, Culture & Radical
This lesson first provides a general definition of feminism. Then, four specific types of feminism are discussed and defined, including liberal feminism, socialist feminism, cultural feminism, and radical feminism. For each type, examples of social changes preferred by that type of feminism are also provided.
2. Gender Views: Margaret Mead, George Murdock and Global Views
How much of gender-role expectation is biologically based, and how much is based on culture? This lesson asks that overarching question by discussing three different examinations of gender by culture, each of which offers a different perspective on how influential culture is on gender roles.
3. Sex and Gender in Society: Differences, Preferences & Characteristics
You might think you know everything about the differences between boys and girls, but this lesson covers less commonly understood topics. After defining sex vs. gender, it covers less common sexual identities, such as intersexed and transgender individuals. In addition, theories on sexual orientation are covered, including both categorical and continuum perspectives of sexual interest.
4. Sexism and Patriarchy: Definitions and Forms
This lesson provides a foundation for understanding sexism in various forms. First, patriarchy versus matriarchy is defined. Then, several different forms of sexism are outlined, including old-fashioned, modern, hostile, benevolent and ambivalent.
5. Sexism: Gender Differences and Contexts
Sexism and gender differences can be seen in several different contexts within most modern societies. This lesson covers institutional sexism in four general areas: the workplace, family life at home, politics, and the military.
6. Sexual Controversies in Society: Differing Viewpoints
Views of sexuality differ by person and by culture, which can cause difference in opinion on many sexual controversies. This lesson covers several of those debates, including teen pregnancy, birth control, pornography, and prostitution.
7. Sexual Harassment: 'Quid Pro Quo' vs. 'Hostile Environment' Harassment
Sexual harassment occurs any time comments, gestures, or physical contact transpires which is unwelcome, repetitive, and deliberate. This lesson defines two types of sexual harassment ('quid pro quo' and 'hostile environment') and provides examples of each.
8. Sexual Relationships in Society: Definitions and Concepts
Explore many types of sexual relationships, including combinations that are considered more or less acceptable in different cultures. Concepts covered in this lesson include family, incest, endogamy vs. exogamy, and different forms of marriage (e.g., monogamy, polygamy, polygyny, and polyandry).
9. Violence Against Women and Men: Definitions & Gender Differences
Some types of crime are especially painful due to their personal nature. This lesson discusses three forms of violence, including sexual assault, rape, and domestic violence. Definitions, basic statistics, and a discussion of gender differences are provided.
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