The Gendered Society
Oxford University Press, 2007 - 406 pages
Thoroughly updated and revised, the third edition of The Gendered Society explores current thinking about gender, both inside academia and in our everyday lives. Michael S. Kimmel challenges the claim that gender is limited to women's experiences--his compelling and balanced study of gender
includes both masculine and feminine perspectives. Part 1 examines the latest work in biology, anthropology, psychology, and sociology; Part 2 provides an original analysis of the gendered worlds of family, education, and work; and Part 3 explores gender interactions, including friendship and love,
sexuality, and violence.
Kimmel makes three bold and persuasive statements about gender. First, he demonstrates that gender differences are often extremely exaggerated; in fact, he argues that men and women have much more in common than we think they do. Kimmel also challenges the pop psychologists who suggest that gender
A new chapter on media examines the portrayal of gender in one of the most powerful--and provocative--social institutions. Of particular interest to students, Kimmel's analysis of this dynamic, image-driven industry makes the study of gender relevant in an immediate and tangible way.
Essential reading for both students and scholars, The Gendered Society is an authoritative, incisive, and lively statement about contemporary gender relations from one of the country's foremost thinkers on the subject. Kimmel's companion text, The Gendered Society Reader, Third Edition (OUP, 2008),
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... tend to look at and talk to girl infants more than to boy infants , and mothers tend to respond to girls ' crying more immediately than they do to boys ' . In fact , these behaviors tend to be greater for girls over the first two years ...
... tend to use the telephone far less to sustain intimacy . “ I'm not friends the way she's friends , " one man told sociologist Karen Walker . " I don't work on them . I don't pick the phone up and call people and say ' how are you ...
... tend to vary with economic trends — as do the hemlines on women's skirts . During periods of prosperity , when male breadwinners can afford to have their wives stay at home , larger breast sizes and shorter hemlines tend to be preferred ...
Biology Constructs the Sexes
Culture Constructs Gender
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