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Ch 7: Sexism, Gender Roles & Communication

About This Chapter

Study sexism, gender roles and communication issues with this comprehensive online chapter. The chapter can help students prepare for communications exams, write essays and complete homework assignments. The chapter an also be used to refresh your foundational understanding of these topics.

Sexism, Gender Roles & Communication - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter cover communication concepts pertaining to sexism and gender roles. Follow along with our experienced instructors to study the foundations of gender equality, culture-related listening and portrayals of gender and racial stereotypes through popular media. You can work through the chapter at your own pace, and each lesson can be revisited as many times as needed. Our instructors can answer any questions you may have, and we've also included short quizzes throughout the chapter to help you remember the material. When you're done, you should be equipped to:

  • Analyze issues related to gender equality
  • Recognizes forms of sexism and patriarchy
  • Discuss changes in gender agency and communion over time
  • Evaluate the role of culture and gender in terms of listening
  • Describe Disney's representations of gender roles and racial/gender stereotypes
  • Identify and prevent sexism in intercultural communication

6 Lessons in Chapter 7: Sexism, Gender Roles & Communication
What Is Gender Equality? - Definition & Issues

1. What Is Gender Equality? - Definition & Issues

In what ways are people discriminated against based on gender? And what does gender equality mean for both men and women? In this lesson, we'll explore gender equality and some issues both in America and internationally that are related to it.

Sexism and Patriarchy: Definitions and Forms

2. 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.

Gender Changes Over Time: Agency and Communion

3. Gender Changes Over Time: Agency and Communion

Gender stereotypes often rely on the ways people define themselves. In this lesson, we'll look at two ways of defining oneself. We'll also study why gender differences exist and how they change over time.

The Role of Culture & Gender in Listening

4. The Role of Culture & Gender in Listening

Are women better listeners than men? Does culture affect how you listen? In this lesson, we'll look at the listening styles of men and women, as well as those found in the East and the West.

Disney & Gender Roles: Examples & Cultural Relevance

5. Disney & Gender Roles: Examples & Cultural Relevance

This lesson will discuss some important issues surrounding Disney's cartoon films, and how they affect gender roles, and expectations of boys and girls in society. This discussion is important for anyone who watches these films.

Disney Stereotypes: Race & Gender

6. Disney Stereotypes: Race & Gender

This lesson discusses the controversial nature of Disney feature animated films due to racial and gender stereotyping, which occurs in many of their early as well as recent films.

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