12.1 Sex, Gender, Identity, and Expression
Why do sociologists find it important to differentiate between sex and gender? What importance does the differentiation have in modern society?
How is children’s play influenced by gender roles? Think back to your childhood. How “gendered” were the toys and activities available to you? Do you remember gender expectations being conveyed through the approval or disapproval of your playtime choices?
12.2 Gender and Gender Inequality
In what way do parents treat sons and daughters differently? How do sons and daughters typically respond to this treatment?
What can be done to lessen the effects of gender stratification in the workplace? How does gender stratification harm both men and women?
Why is it important to have women in political roles?
What can be done to narrow the pay gap for women?
Identify three examples of how U.S. society is heteronormative.
Consider the types of derogatory labeling that sociologists study and explain how these might apply to discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.