BEHS 220 Week 4 Discussion

BEHS 220 Week 4 Discussion

The resources this week ask you to consider the concept of gender in the US and how gender categories are constructed. They also introduce you to gender constructions outside of our binary (man/woman; male/female) gender system. Please use and cite at least 2 of the required resources as you respond to the following questions:

  • What is the difference between biological sex and gender?
  • What are some of the “single stories” (Aidichie, 2009) that people in the US have about men and women? In other words, what are the stereotypical gender roles in the US?
  • How did you learn how to be the gender that you are? Provide at least 3 examples.
  • How do people in the US treat people who don’t “fit in” to gender roles? How might this relate to the treatment of transgender, non-binary, genderqueer, and other individuals?

Your initial post should be at least 300 words in length, excluding the discussion prompt and the references. Please use in-text APA citations within your post as well as full APA references at the end of your post.

Requirements: 300 words or more

Answer preview

Sex refers to the biological and physiological characteristics that differentiate a man from a woman, such as reproductive organs, chromosomes, and hormones. However, sex does not differ within societies, so it cannot be changed. On the contrary, gender refers to socially constructed elements of men and women, such as their roles in the community, norms, and relationships with others (Haefele-Thomas & Combs, 2019). Gender differs between societies and can be changed.

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