The 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.
From the Newsletter
Masculinity & Violence, and the Violence of Masculinity
By Tristan Bridges and Tara Leigh Tober
Mass shootings have become a regular part of our news cycle. Research shows that there are more of them and that they have become more deadly over time. They’re horrifically senseless tragedies, and the aftermath follows what has become a well-worn path. We come together to mourn the loss of life, we collectively grieve for the victims, families, and communities, we get the generic “thoughts and prayers” statement from political leaders, and we all try to make sense of why it happened. We learn a lot about the killers, less about the killed, and the most clicked stories are those that attempt to make an argument about motive.
Amplifying Girls’ Voices at Girls Rock Camp
By Trisha Crawshaw
At Girls Rock Camp, a week-long summer camp for girls and non-binary kids, volunteers plug instruments into amplifiers. Once “plugged in,” campers excitedly ask, “Is my amp on? Can I turn it up? How can I make it louder?” These campers, ages 9 through 17, know how to crank up the volume. They experiment with different sounds—leaning into the microphones, turning-up amp knobs, and yelling call-back chants into an imagined crowd: “Who rocks? GIRLS ROCK! Who rocks? GIRLS ROCK!”
The Nonhuman Disney Princesses
By Corey Wrenn
Feminists have been critical of animated Disney films for promulgating outdated gender roles. Women in these films are represented as subservient, dainty, heterosexualized, and fixated on romance and the “happily ever after” with their dashing prince. The stories of Sleeping Beauty and Snow White echo rape culture (both are victims to their prince’s sexual advances while unconscious and unable to consent), while Beauty and the Beast romanticizes domestic violence and Stockholm Syndrome. The Little Mermaid encourages little girls to trade their voices for men’s affection. In most of these “princess movies,” the stories end with marriage. Heterosexual matrimony is portrayed as the culmination of life goals for women. These princesses are frequently the objects of rescue and a trophy for men to win; they are rarely the determiners of their own lives.
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