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The Gendered Society Reader

Sixth Edition

Michael Kimmel and Amy Aronson

Publication Date - 01 July 2016

ISBN: 9780190260378

552 pages
7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

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The most balanced gender studies reader on the market


In The Gendered Society Reader, Sixth Edition, coeditors Michael Kimmel and Amy Aronson pull together an array of dynamic voices--both male and female, classic and contemporary--to examine various interpretations of gender. These lively, in-depth readings explore gender discourse over a wide range of disciplines, focusing primarily on two central issues: difference and domination. Carefully balanced to reflect the diversity of its subject, this text addresses provocative and fundamental questions including:

* How are males and females different?
* What do these differences mean?
* How to various cultures and religions interpret gender?
* Why do societies continue to differentiate people on the basis of gender?
* Why is it that almost every known society is based on male domination?

Thoroughly updated with rich and timely material, the sixth edition is the perfect complement to Michael Kimmel's textbook, The Gendered Society, Sixth Edition (OUP, 2016).

New to this Edition

  • Trimmed-down and edited selections improve readability
  • Twenty-seven new readings
  • All new selections in the gendered media section
  • New coverage of transgender individuals, female genital mutilation, the masculine overcompensation thesis, conservative religious communities, and high-achieving women

About the Author(s)

Michael Kimmel is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Stony Brook University, The State University of New York.

Amy Aronson is Professor of Media Studies at Fordham University.

Previous Publication Date(s)

February 2013
January 2010
October 2007


"The coverage in The Gendered Society Reader is very comprehensive and in-depth, and the pedagogical approach is strong; my students are able to relate to the readings and the overall message that they are sending. This makes it a much better experience for me as the instructor and for students who are learning. I will adopt the new edition--I am excited to!"--Nancy L. Bishop, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

"Sight unseen, a work by Kimmel means it will be good. The organization works well with my teaching style and I enjoyed the editors' introduction to each part; I felt that it framed the discussion very well."--Robert B. Jenkot, Coastal Carolina University

Table of Contents

    * An asterisk indicates new to the Sixth Edition

    Introduction, Amy Aronson and Michael Kimmel

    Part 1. Anatomy and Destiny: Biological Arguments about Gender Difference
    * Where Does Gender Come From?, Anne Fausto-Sterling
    Caveman Masculinity: Finding Manhood in Evolutionary Science, Martha McCaughey
    * The Truth about Boys and Girls, Lise Eliot
    Testosterone Rules, Robert M. Sapolsky

    Part 2. Cultural Constructions of Gender
    Men as Women and Women as Men: Disrupting Gender, Judith Lorber
    Coming of Age and Coming Out Ceremonies Across Cultures, Gilbert Herdt
    * Is Female Genital Mutilation an Islamic Problem?, Thomas von der Osten-Sacken and Thomas Uwer

    Part 3. The Psychology of Sex Roles
    The Gender Similarities Hypothesis, Janet Shibley Hyde
    "Dude, You're a Fag": Adolescent Masculinity and the Fag Discourse, C. J. Pascoe
    * Pink Frilly Dresses and the Avoidance of All Things "Girly": Children's Appearance Rigidity and Cognitive Theories of Gender Development, May Ling Halim, Kristina M. Zosuls, Diane N. Ruble, Catherine S. Tamis-LeMonda, Leah E. Lurye, and Faith K. Greulich
    * Overdoing Gender: A Test of the Masculine Overcompensation Thesis, Robb Willer, Christabel L. Rogalin, Bridget Conlon, and Michael T. Wojnowicz

    Part 4. The Social Construction of Gender Relations
    * Men and Women are from Earth, Rosalind Barnett and Caryl Rivers
    Doing Gender, Candace West and Don H. Zimmerman
    * Doing Gender, Determining Gender: Transgender People, Gender Panics, and the Maintenance of the Sex/Gender/Sexuality System, Laurel Westbrook and Kristen Schilt

    Part 5. The Gendered Family
    At-Home Fathers and Breadwinning Mothers: Variations in Constructing Work and Family Lives, Caryn E. Medved and William K. Rawlins
    * Falling Back on Plan B: The Children of the Gender Revolution Face Uncharted Territory, Kathleen Gerson
    * Good Gay Females and Babies' Daddies: Black Lesbian Community Norms and the Acceptability of Pregnancy, Sarah J. Reed, Robin Lin Miller, Maria T. Valenti, and Tina M. Timm

    Part 6. The Gendered Classroom
    "Spice Girls," "Nice Girls," "Girlies," and "Tomboys": Gender Discourses, Girls' Cultures and Femininities in the Primary Classroom, Diane Reay
    Policing Masculinities: Investigating the Role of Homophobia and Heteronormativity in the Lives of Adolescent School Boys, Wayne Martino

    Part 7. The Gender of Religion
    * Help or Hindrance? Religion's Impact on Gender Inequality in Attitudes and Outcomes, Stephanie Seguino
    * Veiled Submission: Gender, Power, and Identity among Evangelical and Muslim Women in the United States, John P. Bartkowski and Jen'nan Ghazal Read
    "That's What a Man is Supposed to Do": Compensatory Manhood Acts in an LGBT Christian Church, J. Edward Sumerau

    Part 8. The Gendered Workplace
    The Gender Revolution: Uneven and Stalled, Paula England
    Racializing the Glass Escalator: Reconsidering Men's Experiences with Women's Work, Adia Harvey Wingfield
    * Rethink What you "Know" About High-Achieving Women, Robin J. Ely, Pamela Stone, and Colleen Ammerman
    * Unmasking Manly Men, Robin J. Ely and Debra Meyerson

    Part 9. The Gender of Politics and the Politics of Gender
    * Life Satisfaction Across Nations: The Effects of Women's Political Status and Public Priorities, Richard York and Shannon Elizabeth Bell
    * Who Takes the Floor and Why: Gender, Power, and Volubility in Organizations, Victoria L. Brescoll

    Part 10. The Gendered Media
    * From Damsels in Distress to Sexy Superheroes: How the Portrayal of Sexism in Video Game Magazines Has Changed in the Last Twenty Years, Alicia Summers and Monica K. Miller
    * Own It! Constructions of Masculinity and Heterosexuality on Reality Makeover Television, Alexander K. Davis, Laura E. Rogers, and Bethany Bryson
    * Performing Gender on YouTube: How Jenna Marbles Negotiates a Hostile Online Environment, Lindsey Wotanis and Laurie McMillan

    Part 11. Gendered Intimacies
    Sexual Harassment and Masculinity: The Power and Meaning of "Girl Watching", Beth A. Quinn
    * Affairs of the Heart: Qualities of Adolescent Romantic Relationships and Sexual Behavior, Peggy C. Giordano, Wendy D. Manning, and Monica A. Longmore
    * Gender Rules: Same- and Cross-Gender Friendship Norms, Diane Felmlee, Elizabeth Sweet, and H. Colleen Sinclair
    * Transgender Friendship Experiences: Benefits and Barriers of Friendships Across Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation, M. Paz Galupo, L. Andrew Bauerband, Kirsten A. Gonzalez, D. Brienne Hagen, Shandelle D. Hether, and Tiana E. Krum

    Part 12. The Gendered Body
    * The Unequal Weight of Discrimination: Gender, Body Size, and Income Inequality, Katherine Mason
    * "Do It for All Your Pubic Hairs!": Latino Boys, Masculinity, and Puberty, Richard Mora
    * The Gender of Desire: The Sexual Fantasies of Women and Men, Michael S. Kimmel and Rebecca F. Plante
    Beards, Breasts, and Bodies: Doing Sex in a Gendered World, Raine Dozier
    * That's Just How It Is: A Gendered Analysis of Masculinity and Femininity Ideologies in Adolescent Girls' and Boys' Heterosexual Relationships, Deborah Tolman, Brian R. Davis, and Christin P. Bowman

    Part 13. The Gender of Violence
    Good Guys with Guns: Hegemonic Masculinity and Concealed Handguns, Angela Stroud
    * When the Rapist Doesn't See It as Rape, Nicholas Kristof
    * An Intersectional Analysis of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) People's Evaluations of Anti-Queer Violence, Doug Meyer

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