12.1 The Difference Between Sex and Gender
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?
In what way do parents treat sons and daughters differently? How do sons and daughter 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?
12.3 Sex and Sexuality
Identify three examples of how American 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.