Ch 13: Sex & Gender Roles in Society

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View this chapter's short video lessons to explore sex and gender roles in society. Study different sociological perspectives on gender, sexual relationships, sexism and more.

Sex & Gender Roles in Society - Chapter Summary

Through studying the videos in this chapter, you'll develop an understanding of how sex and gender roles impact social mores, expectations and challenges. The video lessons examine perspectives on gender from anthropologists in addition to views on sexual relationships. Our engaging instructors will also teach you about sexism and the feminist response. By the time you finish all of the video lessons, you should be prepared to:

  • Differentiate between sex and gender
  • Discuss global views of gender
  • Identify the forms of sexism
  • Understand the types of sexual relationships
  • Explain viewpoints on prostitution, birth control and other sexual controversies
  • Discuss forms of violence against women and men
  • Distinguish between the quid pro quo and hostile environment forms of sexual harassment
  • Understand the different types of feminism

Our teaching style makes learning about sex and gender roles a straightforward and entertaining process. The informative videos typically last less than 10 minutes and contain several images, examples and important data to help you grasp major concepts. You can view videos led by professional instructors, rewatch excerpts using video tags and study lesson transcripts to reinforce the material. The multiple-choice quizzes that are included with each lesson give you the chance to self-assess your comprehension of the covered topics.

10 Lessons in Chapter 13: Sex & Gender Roles in Society
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Sex and Gender in Society: Differences, Preferences & Characteristics

1. 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.

Gender Views: Margaret Mead, George Murdock and Global Views

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.

Sexism and Patriarchy: Definitions and Forms

3. 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.

Sexual Relationships in Society: Definitions and Concepts

4. 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).

Sexual Controversies in Society: Differing Viewpoints

5. 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.

Sexism: Gender Differences and Contexts

6. 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.

Violence Against Women and Men: Definitions & Gender Differences

7. 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.

Sexual Harassment: 'Quid Pro Quo' vs. 'Hostile Environment' Harassment

8. 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.

Feminism Types and Definitions: Liberal, Socialist, Culture & Radical

9. 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.

Gender Stereotypes: Definition & Examples

10. Gender Stereotypes: Definition & Examples

Gender stereotypes are over-generalizations about the characteristics of an entire group based on gender. While gender stereotypes have been popularly perceived as having negative connotations, they can also have positive ones as well.

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