Welcome to the Sex and Gender Section of the American Sociological Association

SEX-AND-GENDER-LOGO-FINAL-COLOR-7-9-2015-HIGH-RESThe Sex and Gender Section of the American Sociological Association is an incredible collection of sociologists studying just about every aspect of sex and gender that you can imagine.  Check out our latest newsletter for more information on who we are and what we’re doing.

The Sex and Gender Section is one of the largest sections in the American Sociological Association. Broadly speaking, we are interested in teaching and studying organized patterns of gendered relations. This means that little is off limits to sociologists of sex and gender.  Many sociologists of sex and gender are also fascinated by aspects of gender in social life some might deem “controversial.” And we are constantly growing and examining new aspects of sex and gender throughout social life.  We embrace this controversy and see our section’s presence on social media as a part of that commitment. As both policy and practice, our aim is to support dialogue among members of the section. This does not mean that the section is officially endorsing anything and everything that is posted. Rather, we see our social media presence as providing material for dialogue and as a space within which that dialogue can occur.

See our Mission Statement and view our Section Bylaws for more information.

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From the Newsletter

Q&A: “Gender Revolution”March 2017 Newsletter

with Georgiann Davis

The January 2017 issue of National Geographic, entitled “Gender Revolution,” featured 133 pages that dealt explicitly with issues of gender ranging from stories about the lives of girls in the developing world to transgender folks. Beyond the magazine issue, Katie Couric teamed up with National Geographic to create a film of the same title that interviews experts, including our esteemed section member, Dr. Georgiann Davis, on their perspectives of sex and gender. Dr. Davis was gracious enough to participate in the Q&A (below) about the January issue and film.

Read more starting on page 2 of our newsletter.


By Anna Chatillon and Zakiya Luna

In the months before the women’s marches on January 21, 2017, two questions occurred to many sociologists: why are some people planning to march? And why are others electing not to march? What does this mobilization tell us about activism, politics and feminism? Our mixed-methods study, Mobilizing Millions: Engendering Protest Across the Globe, brings together several sociologists to answer the questions considering the Washington, D.C. march and sister marches.

We conducted participant observation in DC and seven other US locations, recruited respondents for a survey of march participants, and gathered social media data from hundred of marches. With the survey now closed, we are currently parsing the data, to be considered alongside participant observation from each site and social media data. In the next few weeks, we will launch a second survey – to collect data from people who elected not to march – and will begin a wave of follow-up interviews with participants from the first survey. At this point in the data analysis, we offer some background on the march and a few preliminary findings.

Read more on page 5 of our newsletter.

Graduate Student Spotlight

Read about Rebecca Ewert (University of Chicago) and Tony Silva (University of Oregon) in our current newsletter.

Rebecca’s current research examines the development of the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) produced by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) produced by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

Tony is currently interviewing rural straight-identified men who have sex with men to explore how they perceive their gender and sexuality.

Read more on page 8 and 9 of our newsletter.

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