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Defining Gender and Sexuality


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Presentation by Kaitlin McElroy and Katie Gorkoski for WRTG 3020 Fall 2010.

Defining Gender and Sexuality

  1. 1. Defining Gender and Sexuality<br />
  2. 2. SEX:<br />refers to biological differences; chromosomes, hormonal profiles, internal and external sex organs <br />Gender:<br />Describes the characteristics that society or culture delineates as masculine or feminine<br />
  3. 3. Sex = male or female<br />Gender = masculine or feminine<br />“man” = male sex + masculine social role<br />“women” = female sex + feminine social role<br />
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  6. 6. Authentic Gender Model<br />The Authentic Gender Model is modeled after Samuel Lurie and is a form that fits all 6 Billion<br />People of the world into one Gender model. It is an alternative to the traditional models. <br />Sex<br />Gender Role<br />Gender Identity<br />Sexual Orientation<br />Too often in the United States we assume that the are only two sexes, Male and Female, <br />And that everyone fits into one or the other, the traditional model will assign masculinity<br />And femininity respectively and those people identifying as men and women will date the<br />Opposite sex. We know that this model is far more complicated in reality.<br />
  7. 7. Check your box…<br />
  8. 8. GENDER BENDING<br />- A person who looks or behaves in a way regarded as androgynous or as typical of the opposite sex<br />- May self identify as a transgender, genderqueer, transsexual, intersexual, drag queen, or drag king<br />- Sometimes a form of social activism undertaken in response to assumptions or over-generalizations about genders<br />
  9. 9. Most people struggle with their bodies on a daily basis, but for some their bodies act as a prison. The person they are is locked inside and looks nothing like the one they see in the mirror<br />Fortunately surgeries and therapies are widely available now. Although all of society isn’t in the waiting room with open arms, they can’t always tell!<br />
  10. 10. TRANSGENDER IS NOT EQUIVALENT TO GAY<br />All gays are not transgender and all transgender people are not gay. Many people in America put these terms hand in hand. There is a distinct difference between gender and sexuality. Just because someone cannot decide what gender they identify with doesn’t mean they are confused about their sexuality as well. <br />
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  12. 12. RuPaul<br />RuPaul gained fame from a variety show in the late 1990’s. Now known as an actor, singer-songwriter, performer, model, and drag queen is a beautiful addition to the American popular culture.<br />"You can call me he. You can call me she. You can call me Regis and Kathie Lee; I don’t care! Just as long as you call me.”<br />
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  14. 14. Hollywood<br />
  15. 15. Hollywood glams up being gay, lesbian, or a gender bender. Especially by glorifying the “gay best friend” role in many movies and the red carpet<br />However, many of the teens watching these movies are struggling with their own sexuality<br />Many are too afraid to truly be themselves and take their lives in response to the immense internal pain they have endured<br />
  16. 16. In just THREE weeks FIVE teens between the ages of 13 and 19 committed suicide THIS semester<br />
  17. 17. The project targets the LGBT teens facing bullying for their sexual orientation or hide it for fear of bullying.<br />In response to the recent teen suicides, many celebrities have joined the cause and created their own videos for the project.<br />Openly LGBT adults serve as mentors to teens to provide support and show that things really do get better.<br />
  18. 18. The individual has always had to struggle<br />to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe.<br />If you try it, you will be lonely often, <br />And sometimes frightened.<br />But no price is too high to pay<br />For the privilege of owning yourself<br />- Friedrich Nietzsche<br />Opening our eyes to the wide array of sexual orientations and genders in our culture will establish a safe community for each individual to live their life how they see fit, with no reservations or fears. <br />
  19. 19. This presentation was <br />brought to you by<br />Kathleen Gorkoski<br />Paige Kelley and<br />Kaitlin McElroy<br />