Working moms: The great balancing act. • Movie: Series 2 • Should mothers with children stay home? • Should fathers with children stay home? • Businesses claim that helping working women would “hurt the bottom line”. Is that accurate or not? • Why is the U.S. one of only a handful of countries in the world that do not offer paid family leave?
Do you think differences between masculine and feminine behavior are culturally or biologically defined? • Why do many people resist the idea that it is cultural?
Analyze how your own gender role has been shaped by your family, peers, school, and the mass media. • Which seems to have had the most impact on you?
Why do you think it has been especially difficult to convince men to share the housework? • How did your parents divide up housework? • How do you plan to do this in your own marriage (or relationship)?
Is structural-functional or social-conflict analysis of gender-role inequality more convincing? • Why?
Sexual harassment • Why could it be difficult to eliminate sexual harassment from our culture? • What is the effect on the job? • What is the effect on the victim? • How would you suggest reducing this?
Female genital mutilation • Is FGM a medical procedure or a means of social control? • What could, or should, be done about this practice? • Should the U.S. accept another country’s culture?