Gender and sex shape our personal identities, indicate how we should relate to others, and help us determine where we fit into our worlds. This unit gives students an opportunity to consider the differences between sex and gender cross-culturally. They are encouraged to question power imbalances along gender lines and how institutions are changing to reflect debates around gender and sex.
Guttman, Matthew. 2014. “Alternative Cultures of Masculinity: An Anthropological Approach.” In Alternative Masculinities for a Changing World, edited by José María Armengol-Carrera and Angels Carabi, 51–62. London: Palgrave-MacMillan.
Ortner, Sherry. 1972. “Is Female to Male as Nature Is to Culture?” Feminist Studies 1 (2): 5–31.
TEDx Talk: Alice Dreger’s “Is Anatomy Destiny?”
Video: Soraya Mire’s “Fire Eyes”
Video: Jean Kilbourne’s “Killing Us Softly: Four Advertising Images of Women”
Video: BBC’s “Me My Sex and I”
Video: The Guardian’s “Muxes—Mexico’s Third Gender”
Video: Crash Course Sociology #33’s “Theories of Gender”
Eshe Lewis (2020)