Choose one of the following to include in this week’s initial post:
- Discuss an example from your life or from your observations that illustrates one or more of the concepts or theories you learned about in this week’s readings or audiovisual resources.
- Locate a relevant and credible news report or other media story (an article, TV program, documentary, or radio program) that focuses on one or more of the concepts or theories you learned about in this week’s readings or audiovisual resources. Discuss which concepts or theories you noticed in your media selection.
Make sure you are clear in describing the course concept or theory that best applies to your experiences or observations. Regardless of which prompt you choose, you are encouraged to use one of the assigned readings or audiovisual resources to support your points. Respond to your classmates’ posts, sharing any commonalities or differences between your classmates’ perspectives and experiences and your own.
For information about using Yellowdig, please see the following resources:
- Using Yellowdig [PDF].
- Grading in Yellowdig [PDF].
- Yellowdig Forums. Capella’s Campus support page for Yellowdig, with links for technical support.
What You Need to Know
As we discuss gender and sexuality, it is helpful to keep in mind the sociological definitions of these terms.
- Gender refers to the characteristics we use to describe males and females, as well as the way in which males and females embody these characteristics in their behaviors and interactions.
- A person’s sexual orientation is the gender to which they are sexually attracted, while an individual’s sexual identity refers to how that person would classify their own sexuality (for example, as “straight” or as “bisexual”).
For background information on gender and sexuality, read:
- Chapter 11 (pages 392–426) and Chapter 12 (pages 430–461) in your text, Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Class.
For more about the experience of being gay in American society, watch:
- Out in America [Video]. When you click on the video link, the window opens to the player screen, with the film broken into segments for viewing. Total running time for all segments is about 1:10:00.
For information about the gender pay gap, review the following resources:
- American Association of University Women. (2018). Download The Simple Truth About the Gender Pay Gap report (Fall 2018). Retrieved from http://www.aauw.org/resource/the-simple-truth-about-the-gender-pay-gap/
- Blau, F. D., & Kahn, L. M. (2016). The gender wage gap: Extent, trends, and explanations. Bonn, Germany: The Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
To view graphical data regarding the gaps that exist between majority and minority groups, complete the Economic Inequality interactive.