Sociology 3046 TOPICS IN SEX AND GENDER Fall 1998
Professor: Martha E. Gimenez
Office: Ketchum 205A
Office Hours: T-Th 3:30 - 4:30 and by appointment e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Virtual Office Hours: everyday - any time
SEX AND GENDER HOME PAGE
In this course we will explore the social construction of gender, the relationship between biological sex and gender, and the relationship between gender and other forms of inequality. In addition to theories of gender inequality we will examine important debates in the field of gender studies.
This is a lecture and discussion course. students are expected to attend classes regularly, read all the assignments and come prepared to participate in class discussions and structured debates. Class participation will be assessed by the quality of the comments made.
Comments that enhance the learning experience of the whole class will be rewarded.
Comments hat lower the quality of the learning experience (e.g., complaints, request for information you can obtain through other channels, comments that show lack of preparation, etc.) will lower your grade.
Lectures will be brief and focused on theoretical issues and conceptual clarification. Lectures will be related to but will not necessarily cover every aspect of the assigned readings; they are designed to supplement, NOT to replicate the readings.
Grades will be based on the following:
Maxine Baca Zinn, "Chicano Men and Masculinity," pp. 25-34 in
Sandra Lee Bartky, "Foucault, Femininity, and the Modernization of
Patriarchal Power," pp. 25-45 in WOMEN'S BODIES.
Harry Brod, "Of Mice and Supermen: Images of Jewish Masculinity,"
pp. 45-54 in MEN'S LIVES.
Myra Dinnerstein and Rose Weitz, "Jane Fonda, Barbara Bush, and
Other Aging Bodies: Femininity and the Limits of Resistance," pp. 189-204 in WOMEN'S BODIES.
Allan G. Johnson, THE GENDER KNOT. Unraveling Our Patriarchal
Legacy. Temple University Press, 1997.
Michael Kaufman, "The Construction of Masculinity and the Triad of
Men's Violence," pp. 4-17 in MEN'S LIVES.
Michael S. Kimmel and Michael A. Messner, eds., MEN'S LIVES. Allyn
and Bacon, 1998 (4th edition), selected chapters.*
Yen Le Espiritu, "All Men are not Created Equal: Asian Men in U.S.
History," pp. 35-44 in MEN'S LIVES.
Martin P. Levine, "The Life and Death of Gay Clones," pp. 55-67 in
Judith Lorber, GENDER INEQUALITY. Feminist Theories and Politics.
Roxbury Publishing Co., 1998.
Judith Lorber, "Believing in Seeing: Biology as Ideology," pp. 12-
24 in WOMEN'S BODIES.
Manning Marable, "The Black Male: Searching Beyond Stereotypes,"
pp. 18-24, in MEN'S LIVES.
Katha Pollitt, "'Fetal Rights': A New Assault on Feminism," pp.
278-287, in WOMEN'S BODIES.
Dorothy E. Roberts, "The Future of Reproductive Choice for Poor
Women and Women of Color," pp. 270-277 in WOMEN'S BODIES.
Edward H. Thompson, Jr., "Older Men as Invisible in Contemporary
Society," pp. 68-80. in MEN'S LIVES.
Mary Roth Walsh, ed., WOMEN, MEN, AND GENDER. Ongoing Debates.
Yale University Press, 1997.
Rose Weitz, ed., THE POLITICS OF WOMEN'S BODIES. Sexuality,
Appearance, and Behavior. Oxford University Press, 1998, selected chapters.*
Margo Wilson and Martin Daly, "Till Death Us Do Part," pp. 207-220
in WOMEN'S BODIES.
*On reserve at Norlin Library
Michael Kimmel and Michael Messner, eds., MEN'S LIVES. Allyn and Bacon (all editions).
Rose Weitz, THE POLITICS OF WOMEN'S BODIES. Sexuality, Appearance, and Behavior. Oxford University Press, 1997.
Aug. 25-27 Lorber, Liberal Feminism Johnson, Where are We? Walsh, Question 1: Should we Continue to Study Gender Differences? Sept. 1-10 Johnson, Feminists and Feminisms. Lorber, Marxist and Socialist Feminism Development Feminism Johnson, Why Patriarchy? Ideology, Myth, Magic and "Gender Roles"
Sept. 15-29 Walsh, Question 2: Are Gender Differences Wired into
Our Biology? Johnson, Patriarchy, the System. Lorber, Men's Feminism Kaufman, The Construction of Masculinity...* Marable, The Black Male...* Baca Zinn, Chicano Men...* Le Espiritu, All men Are Not...* Brod, "Of Mice and Supermen...* Oct. 1-8 Walsh, Question 3: Are Race, Class, and Gender of Comparable Importance in Producing Inequality? Lorber, Multiracial Feminism Oct.13-20 Walsh, Question 4: Do Women and Men Speak Different Languages? Walsh, Question 8: Sexual Orientation: Is it Determined by Biology? Levine, The Life and Death of Gay Clones* Lorber, Lesbian Feminism Oct. 22-29 Lorber, Postmodern Feminism and Queer Theory Walsh, Question 9: Domestic Violence... Johnson,Thinking About Patriarchy... Wilson and Daly, Till Death Us Do Part* Nov. 3-12 Walsh, Question 10: Rape: Are Statistics Exaggerated? Lorber, Radical Feminism Johnson, What Patriarchy? Johnson, It Must Be Women Nov. 17-24 Walsh, Question 11: Do Women and Men Have Different Ways of Knowing? Walsh, Question 16: Relational Therapy... Walsh, Question 14: is Sex Stereotyping the Cause of Workplace Discrimination?
Nov.30/Dec. 8 Dinnerstein and Weitz, Jane Fonda, Barbara Bush...*
Thompson, "Older men as Invisible...* Lorber, Feminism's Future Work.... Johnson, Unraveling the Patriarchal Legacy