The sixth edition of The Gendered Society explores current thinking about gender, both inside academia and in our everyday lives. Michael Kimmel challenges the claim that gender is limited to women's experienceshis compelling and balanced study of gender includes both masculine and feminine perspectives.
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 difference is the cause of inequality between the sexes; instead, he reveals that the reverse is true-gender inequality itself is the cause of the differences between men and women. Finally, he illustrates that gender is not merely an element of individual identity, but a socially constructed institutional phenomenon.
Chapter 1: Introduction: Human Beings: An Engendered Species
PART 1: Explanations of Gender
Chapter 2: Ordained by Nature: Biology Constructs the Sexes Chapter 3: Spanning the World: Culture Constructs Gender Difference Chapter 4: "So, That Explains It": Psychoanalytic and Development Perspectives on Gender Chapter 5: The Social Construction of Gender Relations
PART 2: Gendered Identities, Gendered Institutions
Chapter 6: The Gendered Family Chapter 7: The Gendered Classroom Chapter 8: Gender and Religion Chapter 9: Separate and Unequal: The Gendered World of Work Chapter 10: The Gender of Politics and the Politics of Gender Chapter 11: The Gendered Media
PART 3: Gendered Interactions
Chapter 12: Gendered Intimacies: Friendship and Love Chapter 13: The Gendered Body Chapter 14: The Gender of Violence