The Psychology of Sex and Gender meets the needs of gender science today, providing students with fresh, contemporary examples, balanced coverage of men and women, and a grounding in psychological science. The dynamic author team of Jennifer K. Bosson, Joseph A. Vandello, and Camille E. Buckner presents classic and cutting-edge research findings, historical contexts, examples from popular culture, cross-cultural universality and variation, and coverage of nonbinary identities, for a full, vibrant picture of the field. In keeping with the growing scholarship of teaching and learning SOTL , the authors ask students in every chapter to identify and evaluate their own myths and misconceptions, participate in real-world debates on topics at the forefront of the field, and stop to think critically along the way. Students will be talking about this book long after they finish the course, carrying new skills forward into their lives and future careers. Should you need additional information or have questions regarding the HEOA information provided for this title, including what is new to this edition, please email sageheoa sagepub.
Defining Sex, Gender, and Sexuality
These individuals might refer to themselves as transgender, non-binary, or gender-nonconforming. The differences between male and female sexes are anatomical and physiological. For instance, male and female genitalia, both internal and external are different. Similarly, the levels and types of hormones present in male and female bodies are different.
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Sex and gender are fundamental to the understanding of human behavior. From an evolutionary perspective, sex is so important to humans because it signals whether or not other people are potential mates. However, sex i. People also rely on what they know about gender roles and stereotypes to make assumptions about how others will act; what their abilities, interests, and preferences might be; and what roles are most important to them. The assumption that women and men are very different from each other is built into the metaphors we use in our everyday language. The search for sex differences has a long history in psychology, but recent research shows far fewer and generally smaller differences than were reported in the past. Gender roles have become less strict over time, although men and boys have changed less than women and girls have.
The distinction between sex and gender differentiates a person's biological sex the anatomy of an individual's reproductive system , and secondary sex characteristics from that person's gender , which can refer to either social roles based on the sex of the person gender role or personal identification of one's own gender based on an internal awareness gender identity. In ordinary speech, sex and gender are often used interchangeably. Some languages, such as German or Finnish, have no separate words for sex and gender, and the distinction has to be made through context. Among scientists, the term sex differences as compared to gender differences is typically applied to sexually dimorphic traits that are hypothesized to be evolved consequences of sexual selection. Anisogamy , or the size differences of gametes sex cells , is the defining feature of the two sexes.