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Assigned: Life with Gender

Assigned: Life with Gender

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Introduce students to the social science of gender.

With contributions from leading scholars and a provocative collection of discussion topics and group activities, this innovative series provides an accessible and affordable entry point for strong sociological perspectives on topics of immediate social import and public relevance.

Assigned: Life with Gender is the sixth volume in The Society Pages series. Selected from around the web by Lisa Wade, winner of the ASA’s Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award, the essays in this book present a revealing picture of gender in the United States today: socially constructed, sometimes fun but almost always problematic, fluid but forced into binaries, deeply ingrained but often misunderstood. Topics range from parenting and sports to inequality and breasts (both men’s and women’s). Together, these diverse and engaging voices capture the depth and complexity of gender from the sociological perspective.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393284454
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/01/2017
Series: Society Pages Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 256,481
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Lisa Wade, PhD, is a professor at Occidental College. She is an accomplished scholar and award-winning teacher with degrees in philosophy, human sexuality, and sociology. She lives in Los Angeles but calls New Orleans “home.”

Douglas Hartmann is in the sociology department at the University of Minnesota. His research interests focus on race and ethnicity, multiculturalism, popular culture (including sports and religion), and contemporary American society. He is co-editor of The Society Pages.

Christopher Uggen is in the sociology department at the University of Minnesota. He studies crime, law, and deviance, especially how former prisoners manage to put their lives back together. He is co-editor of The Society Pages.

Table of Contents

Series Preface Douglas Hartmann Christopher Uggen xiii

Introduction: Sex Shocker! Men and Women Aren't That Different Lisa Wade xix

Partt 1 Ideas 1

1 On Queering Parenting and Gender-Neutrality D'Lane Compton Tristan Bridges 7

2 Tits (The Story of My Man-Boobs) Matt Cornell 21

3 Why Breastfeeding in Public Is Taboo Nicki Lisa Cole 29

4 Gay Male Athletes and Discourses of Masculinity Markus Gerke 33

5 Feminizing Women's Sports Teams Gwen Smarp 39

Part 2 Performances 43

6 Masculinity, Gender (Non)Conformity, and Queer Visibility Tristan Bridges C.J. Pascoe 47

7 What Is "Winning Women Talk More Like a Girl (On Jeopardy!)"? Virginia Rutter 51

8 The Balancing Act of Being Female Lisa Wade 55

9 Doing Gender with Wallets and Purses Tristan Bridges 59

10 Compulsory Monogamy in The Hunger Games Mimi Schippers 65

11 High Heels and Distinction among Women Lisa Wade 69

Part 3 Inequalities 73

12 Beyond Bossy or Brilliant: Gender Bias in Student Evaluations Tristan Bridges K jerstin Gruys Christin Munsch C.J. Pascoe 79

13 Not Seeing Is Still Believing Tara Fannon 85

14 When Your (Brown) Body Is a (While) Wonderland Tressie McMillan Cottom 89

15 Violence and Masculinity Threat Tristan Bridges C.J. Pascoe 97

16 Gender and Biased Perceptions: Scientists Rate Job Applicants Gwen Sharp 103

17 My Two Cents on Feminism and Miley Cyrus Lisa Wade 107

Part 4 Institutions 113

18 Woman Enough to Win? Cheryl Cooky Shari L. Dworkin 117

19 Our Hearts, Our Selves, Our Research Agenda Tina Pittman Wagers 129

20 Is the "Mrs." Degree Dead? Laura T. Hamilton 135

21 Gender and the Sinking Floor in the U.S. Labor Market Erin Hatton 139

22 Putting Hobby Lobby in Context: The Erratic Career of Birth Control in the United States Carole Joffe 145

23 The Uneven Presence of Women and Minorities in America's State Legislatures-And Why It Matters Beth Reingold 151

Part 5 The Future of Gender 157

24 Back on Track? Stall and Rebound for Gender Equality, 1977-2012 David A. Cotter Joan M. Hermsen Reeve Vanneman 161

25 Three Common Complaints about Political Correctness (That Completely Miss the Point) Jarune Uwujaren 171

26 Family Diversity Is the New Normal for America's Children Philip H. Cohen 177

27 Lean In and 1% Feminism Linda Burnham 189

28 Shattering the Glass Ceiling for Women in Politics Pamela O'Leary Shauna Shames 197

29 Children's Gender Self-Determination: A Practical Guide Jane Ward 203

Discussion Guide and Group Activities 211

About the Contributors 219

Index 225

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