Discussion Questions

  1. Dr. Barbara Risman argues that sociologists should view gender as a social structure, in the same way we view race and social class. To explore this idea further, please respond to the following questions. How might one’s gender be influenced by the process of socialization? When might a person’s gender influence how and when they interact with other people of their same, and different, gender? Why do women consistently earn less than their male counterparts in a variety of professions? What are some other examples of ways in which women are treated differently in a specific social institution?
  2. Read this article--https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/01/upshot/members-of-the-opposite-sex-at-work-gender-study.html?mcubz=3&_r=0--and respond to the following questions: (1) why do you think respondents to this study felt more comfortable engaging with a member of the opposite sex at a work meeting as opposed to having a drink; (2) do you agree with these findings; (3) how might a functionalist view this trend; (4) how might a conflict theorist view this trend? Explain.
  3. Read this article--http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/01/25/463846130/why-women-professors-get-lower-ratings--and respond to the following questions: (1) why do female professors earn lower ratings than male professors; (2) how might these findings be related to dominant ideologies regarding gender in American society; (3) how might this trend contribute to the prevalence of a “glass ceiling” for women in, and outside of, academia; (4) do you see this trend continuing in the future, or eventually being eliminated? Explain.
  4. Read or listen to this story--http://www.npr.org/2011/02/24/134031175/For-Single-Mothers-Stigma-Difficult-To-Shake--and respond to the following questions: (1) describe the stigma that single mothers face in American society; (2) do you believe that men are viewed with the same level of negative attitudes; (3) do you think awareness of this stigma might make a single mother more likely to remain in an abusive relationship, and why or why not; (4) what are some of the challenges, or barriers, that single mothers face as they work to support their family? Explain.