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 the largest section 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.

If you are interested in joining the section, log in to the ASA member portal and add our section to your membership. If you are not a current ASA member, you can join here.

From the Newsletter

November 2018 Newsletter cover


By Abigail Saguy

I am honored and humbled to write to you all in my new role as chair of the Sociology of Sex and Gender Section—the largest section of the American Sociological Association (ASA). The ASA meetings in Philadelphia already feel like a distant memory now that my teaching quarter is in full swing. Still, I smile as I remember all of you who turned out for the section business meeting—to celebrate the of our scholar-activist award, book award, and paper awards and to brainstorm about ideas for next year’s meeting—presented and attended our amazing panels, and danced and socialized at our cosponsored reception with the Race, Gender and Class Section. I am grateful to all of you who volunteered to serve

Read more on page 1 of our newsletter


For the November 2018 issue, the Publications Committee asked several section members to share their thoughts on sexual assault and harassment as an issue we face within our discipline and/or in society at large. Many of us have been disappointed to hear the allegations made against some of our colleagues. Hearing the stories of survivors has forced us to consider the ways we as scholars contribute to the power dynamics that make #Metoo possible. As we go to press, we have just learned of more allegations of sexual assault and misconduct, this time, against Dr. Amy Wilkins, a long-time feminist, sexualities scholar. As with all cases, we endorse a full, evidence-based investigation of all allegations of misconduct. Our hope is that these essays will be the start of on-going discussions and some much-needed self-reflection for all of us within Sociology.

Read more on page 5 of our newsletter

SOCIOLOGISTS FOR TRANS JUSTICE Advancing Transgender, Non-Binary, and Intersex Justice In and Through Sociology

By Laurel Westbrook (Co-Founder and Co-Chair), Daniel Laurison (Co-Chair), and Eric Anthony Grollman (Co-Founder and Past Co-Chair)

Sociologists for Trans Justice (S4TJ) was launched in 2016 as an independent initiative to advance transgender, non-binary, and intersex justice in and through sociology. Inspired by the work of Dr. Judy Lubin on Sociologists for Justice – an initiative that aims to use sociology to promote racial justice – we developed a threefold mission for the organization: 1) to support trans, non-binary, and intersex scholars in sociology; 2) to advance trans, non-binary, and intersex studies in sociology; and, 3) to increase public understanding of trans, non-binary, and intersex issues.

Read more on page 9 of our newsletter

Section on Sex and Gender
American Sociological Association
Copyright 2018


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