intro to gender

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Internet Paper


Length: 2-3 pages

Times New Roman, 12pt font, 1" margins, double spaced

50 points possible

As we study gender roles and social change, it is important to understand the agencies and organizations that work to either maintain the status quo or work to facilitate social change. To investigate these entities and the issues with which they work, I want you to select an issue and find an organization on each side of the debate. The instructions that follow will provide you with a framework with which to present the issue and its many sides.

Pick one of the following topics or suggest a topic of your own. If a topic you are particularly interested in is not on this list come see me! As long as there is a gendered aspect to the topic you can use it with prior approval.

  • Mail order brides
  • Same-sex marriage
  • Divorce
  • Bigamy and polygamy
  • Cohabitation
  • Parenting
  • Fathers’ Rights
  • Housework
  • Other


  1. Find two websites (organizations) that have conflicted viewpoints (opposites sides) from each other on your issue. Answer the following questions for EACH organization:
  1. What is its name? Who founded it? When and why did they start the organization?
  2. What does the organization do? How is it funded? How many members do they have?
  3. Who is most likely to be a member? Who is least likely?
  1. Address the following gender issues:
  1. What are the key issues of each side? What are their arguments for their side?
  2. What legislation has passed or failed to pass which relates to this issue?
  3. How is gender a key concern in this debate?
  4. Which sociological perspective would best fit each side of the debate? Why?
  1. Your paper should have an introduction, a conclusion and three sections with bold headings. The first two bold headings should be the names of the organizations and the third one should be called Gender Issues.
  2. At the end of your paper, you should cite the web address of the sites you used.
  3. Remember to keep your paper focused on how your issue is specifically related to gender roles, norms and inequality.

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Student Example Internet Paper 4/8/15 Marriage equality has been an ongoing struggle for both those that agree and disagree with this issue. Some people believe that marriage is only meant to be between a man and a woman, while others believe that it is a human rights issue. - The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property o TFP Student Action was originally founded in 1960 by Plinio Correa de Oliveira, but the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property, which is the American branch, was founded in 1973. TFP Student Action was founded as an anticommunist organization that was inspired by Catholic beliefs. o TFP Student Action is an organization for college students where their traditional beliefs and moral values are defended. They are funded by donations, and they specifically say that they are not government funded. TFP Student Action boasts that they have 75 full-time volunteers and that they have more than 120,000 members nationwide. o Those most likely to be members would be college students that are most likely Catholic and share in the traditional views of this organization. Those least likely to be members would be those that are gay or that do not share in these “traditional” belief systems. - NOH8 o NOH8 was founded by Adam Bouska and his partner Jeff Parshley in 2010. The organization was originally founded in response to Proposition 8 which banned same-sex marriage in the state of California, and then later went on to defend equality and to fight against discrimination and bullying. o This organization used photographs of everyday people to celebrities as a silent sign of protest against Proposition 8. They are able to financially sustain themselves with money that they make from photo shoots and independent donations. Also, they have close to 33,000 faces and they are quickly growing. o Those most likely to be members of this organization would be those that agree with marriage, gender, and human equality. Those that would be least likely to join would be anyone that does not agree that marriage, gender, and human equality are human rights. - Gender Issues o The American Society for defense of Tradition, Family, and Property list 10 reasons for their stance against same-sex marriage: 1) It is not marriage, even if you call it marriage, because marriage I meant as a promise or covenant between a man and a woman. 2) Marriage is rooted in nature, therefore, samesex marriage violates what they consider to be natural. 3) It denies a child either a mother or a father because both parents would be of the same gender, so essentially it ignores the child’s best interest. 4) It validates homosexual lifestyle, including those that are bisexual and transgender. 5) It takes away focus from the moral wrong in order to make something a civil right. They compare this to racial equality, but go on to claim that they are two different issues. 6) It does not create a family, but makes a sterile union because same sex couples could not reproduce without the assistance of a donor of some kind. 7) It defeats the states purpose of benefiting marriage and does not create a beneficial atmosphere for raising children. 8) It promotes acceptance of same-sex marriage on everyone. So by legalizing same-sex marriage the state is promoting it. 9) It is the beginning of a sexual revolution and who will stop legalization of incest, bestiality, pedophilia, or any other “unnatural” behavior? 10) The most important reason: God’s offended. ( o Although NOH8 was founded in response to Proposition 8, they now say that it can be used more broadly and that it can mean something different to each person. Their main focus is to stand against any kind of discrimination and bullying. o Proposition 8 was passed in California in order to ban same-sex couples from getting married. However, since then same-sex couples have the freedom to marry in 37 states, Washington DC, and in some counties in the state of Missouri. o Gender is a key component of this debate because the freedom to marry whomever you want, just like every other freedom we have fought for, affects all of us and it will affect everyone that comes after us. o I think that the functionalist perspective would be fitting for both. People who are anti-same-sex marriage would argue that same-sex marriage would promote an immoral lifestyle which would cause other people to follow suite. If that happened then it would be a domino effect starting with weakened morality followed by legalization of incest, bestiality, pedophilia, or any other unnatural behavior. Also, while children might have two parents and may even be in a loving home, they would be deprived of either a mother or a father. However, people that are for same-sex marriage and that have the same philosophy as NOH8, might argue that acceptance of other people regardless of their physical, sexual, or any other differences would create an environment of peace and equality in our society. Gender inequality is a major issue that plagues all of us. Legalization of same-sex marriage happens to be fairly equal amongst males and females because either everyone can or no one can. It is a human issue not just an issue for men or an issue for women. I am strongly pro-human rights and equality amongst us all, so reading and writing about the first organization, TFP Student Action, was very difficult for me. I believe that it is a beautiful thing to be able to accept another person regardless of their physical or sexual qualities, and also to be accepted in that same way. 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