Lecture 3 from the “Gender and Sexuality Studies” Course
What are femininity and masculinity? Are there universal criteria for masculinity and femininity? Do notions of masculinity and femininity vary across cultures and historical periods? Masculinity and femininity are some of the most stable categories in public dialogue and public understandings that are taken for granted. The development of anthropology in the first decades of the 20th century proved that these categories were not universal across cultures and historical periods. Social movements and popular culture over the past few decades have further challenged the understanding of masculinity and femininity as universal categories. The third lecture of the course examines the ways in which femininity and masculinity are defined in different cultures and historical periods. Focusing on changing understandings of masculinity and femininity, this lecture examines (1) the nature of gender stereotypes based on the sex of individuals; (2) masculinity and femininity as sociological phenomena and (3) the main sociological approaches and concepts for their study.
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Schippers, M. (2007). Recovering the feminine other: Masculinity, femininity, and gender hegemony. Theory and society, 36, 85-102.
Lecturer: Dr. Shaban Darakchi, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Date: 21st March 2023
Time: 16:00-17:30:00 (EET)
Form of event: Online session via Zoom
Registration: You can register from the button on the right.
Language of the lecture: Bulgarian
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