Our society places great importance on labeling our genders and sexualities, and there are strict social rules that govern what is and is not acceptable. These rules shape how we perform our gender and sexual identities, that is, how we “do gender” and “do sexuality” in our everyday lives. It starts at birth when newborns are identified by pink or blue hats and it continues through life influencing everything from advertisements for beauty products, to educational paths, to laws about who can marry. Society’s rules are starting to change regarding sexual practices, family forms, and professions deemed appropriate for men and for women, but there are still very definite expectations as well as penalties for going against the grain. At this Science Pub, find out about the sociology of gender and sexuality, how those concepts shape and constrain our everyday experiences, and are how they central to understanding social life.
The presenter is Portland State University assistant professor of sociology Maura Kelly, PhD. She is currently researching gender, sexuality, and inequalities in the labor force.
This science pub takes place at the Bagdad Theater (3702 SE Hawthorne) from 7pm until 9pm, but arrive early (5pm doors open) to secure your beer, grub, and a seat! There’s a $5.00 suggested donation/cover charge. Minors with adults are welcome, otherwise this event is 21 and over.