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									St. Paul’s Secondary School
F1 Liberal Studies 2010-2011
What is “gender”?
• “Gender” refers to the socially constructed
  characteristics of men and women.
• On the other hand, “sex” refers to the
  biological and physiological characteristics
  that define men and women.
• The socially constructed characteristics
  include differences in:
      Abilities           Activities           Jobs


              Behaviour                Roles
What are some of characteristics of
male and female constructed by our
society?
What are some of characteristics of
male and female constructed by our
society?
What are some of characteristics of
male and female constructed by our
society?
What are some of characteristics of
male and female constructed by our
society?
What are some of characteristics of
male and female constructed by our
society?
• Watch this video! “Masculine and
  Feminine” by Bruno Bozzetto
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIwW
  S2atEmc (5 mins)
Why do people hold such different
  views for men and women?
1. Parental socialization : boys and girls are
   raised differently by their parents.

   Can you give examples of how parental
    socialization causes differences between
                men and women?
Why do people hold such different
  views for men and women?
2. Influence of the Mass Media

What is considered by the mass media to be
 characteristics of “real” women or men?
Why do people hold such different
  views for men and women?
2. Influence of the Mass Media
     Look at these two advertisements:
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzIW34L7Kdg&feature=related
           http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JYytYEvIkk

 Who is considered to be a “real woman”?
Why do people hold such different
  views for men and women?
2. Influence of the Mass Media
   Trailer for movie, “Maid in Manhattan”,
another “Cinderella” story where a powerful
          man saves a poor woman:
Why do people hold such different
  views for men and women?
• Religious institutions : men and women
  are treated differently and/or assigned
  different roles.
  – Pray separately for women in Islam
  – Women cannot become priests in the Roman
    Catholic church
Gender Stereotype and Sex
Discrimination & Growth and
Development

• What are “stereotypes”:
  Gender stereotypes – beliefs about the
  characteristics that are associated with
  men and women.
Gender Stereotype and Sex
Discrimination & Growth and
Development
• Traditional view of men : strong,
  aggressive, dominant, independent and
  mathematical
• Traditional view of women : warm,
  compassionate, indecisive, emotional, and
  verbally skilled
Gender Stereotype and Sex
Discrimination & Growth and
Development
• Gender stereotypes mirror the division of
  roles between men and women in society
• Can make it difficult for women to achieve
  positions of power and status.
   What about this?
                         Yes dear, I will
                        remember not to
                      call and disturb you.
                      I will also not forget
I won’t be back          to pick up little
   until after          Howard from the
 10PM tonight.          kindergarten and
  If you can’t           take him to his
  reach me by            favourite ballet
 phone, that’s        lessons. Have a good
because I am in        day at work honey,
   a meeting.            and I hope the
                        meeting with the
                         client with be a
                              success.
                                         [25 mins]
           House husband
女人多自在: 太太離家上班去

• Discuss the following questions:
  – Generally speaking, do you think that women
    are more suitable than men as home-maker?
    Why?
  – What problems may a man face if he becomes
    a “house-husband”?
  – What stereotypical ideas of men and women
    have this issue reflected?
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