Sex and Gender


The recent 2016-2017 upswell of women's mass mobilization recalls an earlier political era of feminist protest: the 1960s and 1970s. During this so-called Second Wave of feminist activism, tens of thousands of women joined consciousness raising circles, reading and discussion collectives, community-based organizing projects, and street marches. Though the peak years of the movement were brief, it permanently changed the assumptions and expectations of gender in the US. Movement intellectuals were deeply preoccupied with the underlying causes of gender oppression, the relationship of women's oppression to other systems of domination, the place of the heterosexual family in producing and maintaining gender roles, the social bases for feminist organizing, and other far-reaching sociological questions. In Sociology of Sex and Gender, we will consider these original theoretical debates on the sociology of gender and sexuality by movement scholars from 1965 to 1983, prior to the institutionalization of women's studies as an academic field.

What forms does gender inequality take, and how can it best be explained? How and why are the relations between women and men changing? What are the most important social, political, and economic consequences of this ?gender revolution?? The course provides answers to these questions by examining a range of theories about gender in light of empirical findings about women?s and men?s behavior.

Course Information



4 Points

Term Section Instructor Schedule Location

Summer 2018

Martha Coe
MWR: 11:00 AM - 1:05 PM 25W4 C-3

Fall 2018

Robert M Jackson
TR: 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM 194M 307