Professor Charlene Makley

Office: 312 Vollum
Phone: 771-1112, ext. 7461
Office Hours:
Tues.-Thurs. 4:10-5:30

What is the difference between sex and gender? And why is this important in today's world? This course introduces students to an anthropological perspective on the relationship between sex, the biological attributes by which a person is deemed "male" or "female", and gender, the norms, ideals and practices associating appropriate roles, behaviors and sexualities with men or women. In order to understand the various debates and their stakes, we will read anthropological accounts of cultures in which sex and gender are construed very differently from our own, and combine these with discussions of documentary and popular movies and video clips. The course will provide students with ways to understand how we come to consider and express ourselves as "men", "women", or something else, the social and cultural processes that shape us to act and think as gendered persons, and the potential consequences for not conforming to those norms.
Prerequisites: Anthropology 211. Conference.