Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Gender

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  • Copyright: 2010-03-02
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Taking Sidesvolumes present current controversial issues in a debate-style format designed to stimulate student interest and develop critical thinking skills. Each issue is thoughtfully framed with an issue summary, an issue introduction, and a postscript or challenge questions.Taking Sidesreaders feature an annotated listing of selected World Wide Web sites. An online Instructor's Resource Guide with testing material is available for each volume.Using Taking Sides in the Classroomis also an excellent instructor resource. Visit www.mhhe.com/takingsides for more details.

Table of Contents

Definitions and Cultural Boundaries: A Moving Target
Is Anatomy Destiny?
YES: John L. Rinn and Michael Snyder, from "Sexual Dimorphism in Mammalian Gene Expression," Trends in Genetics (2005)
NO: Mahin Hassibi, "Ending the Male Patina in Biology and Busting Bogus Biology and Beliefs from Our Genders, Our Rights," On the Issues Magazine, Summer-Winter 2009 (2008)
Is Sexual Orientation Innate?
YES: Heino F. L. Meyer-Bahlburg, Curtis Dolezal, Susan W. Baker, and Maria I. New, from "Sexual Orientation in Women with Classical or Non-Classical Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia as a Function of Degree of Prenatal Androgen Excess," Archives of Sexual Behavior, 2008
NO: Lisa M. Diamond and Molly Butterworth, from "Questioning Gender and Sexual Identity: Dynamic Links over Time," Sex Roles, 2008
Do Sex Differences in Careers in Mathematics and Sciences Have a Biological Basis?
YES: Steven Pinker, from "The Science of Gender and Science: Pinker vs. Spelke," The Edge (May 16, 2005)
NO: Elizabeth Spelke, from "The Science of Gender and Science: Pinker vs. Spelke," The Edge (May 16, 2005)
Different Strokes: The Question of Difference
Are Women and Men More Similar Than Different?
YES: Janet Shibley Hyde, from "The Gender Similarities Hypothesis," American Psychologist (2005)
NO: Kingsley R. Browne, from Biology at Work: Rethinking Sexual Equality (Rutgers University Press, 2002)
Is Culture the Primary Source of Sex Differences in Communication Styles?
YES: Louann Brizendine, from The Female Brain (Morgan Road Books, 2006)
NO: Brenda J. Allen, from Difference Matters: Communicating Social Identity (Waveland Press, 2004)
Do Nice Guys Finish Last?
YES: Peter K. Jonason, Norman P. Li, Gregory D. Webster, and David P. Schmitt, from "The Dark Triad: Facilitating a Short-Term Mating Strategy in Men," European Journal of Personality (2009)
NO: Adrian Furnham, from "Sex Differences in Mate Selection Preferences," Personality and Individual Differences (2009)
Violence in the Daily Lives of Women and Men
Gender Symmetry: Do Women and Men Commit Equal Levels of Violence Against Intimate Partners?
YES: Murray A. Straus and Ignacio L. Ramirez, from "Gender Symmetry in Prevalence, Severity, and Chronicity of Physical Aggression Against Dating Partners by University Students in Mexico and USA," Aggressive Behavior (2007)
NO: Suzanne C. Swan and David L. Snow, from "The Development of a Theory of Women's Use of Violence in Intimate Relationships," Violence Against Women (2006)
Does Pornography Reduce the Incidence of Rape?
YES: Anthony D'Amato, from "Porn Up, Rape Down," Northwestern University School of Law, Public Law and Legal Theory Research Paper Series (June 23, 2006)
NO: Judith Reisman, from "Pornography's Link to Rape," WorldnetDaily.com ( July 29, 2006)
Is Cyberbullying Related to Gender?
YES: Qing Li, from "Cyberbullying in Schools: A Research of Gender Differences," School Psychology International (May, 2006)
NO: Kirk R. Williams and Nancy G. Guerra, from "Prevalence and Predictors of Internet Bullying," Journal of Adolescent Health (2007)
From Ozzie and Harriet to My Two Dads: Gender in Childhood
Should Same-Sex Marriage Be Legal?
YES: Human Rights Campaign, from Answers to Questions about Marriage Equality (Human Rights Campaign, 2009)
NO: John Cornyn, from "In Defense of Marriage," National Review ( July 2009)
Can Lesbian and Gay Couples Be Appropriate Parents for Children?
YES: American Psychological Association, from APA Policy Statement on Sexual Orientation, Parents, and Children (Adopted July 2004)
NO: Timothy J. Dailey, from "State of the States: Update on Homosexual Adoption in the U.S." Family Research Council (2004)
Are Fathers Necessary for Children's Well-Being?
YES: Natasha J. Cabrera, Jacqueline D. Shannon, and Catherine Tamis-LeMonda, from "Fathers' Influence on Their Children's Cognitive and Emotional Development from Toddlers to Pre-K," Applied Developmental Science (2007)
NO: Peggy Drexler, from Raising Boys Without Men (Rodale Books, 2005)
Should Parents Be Allowed to Choose the Sex of Their Children?
YES: Z. O. Merhi and L. Pal, from "Gender 'Tailored' Conceptions: Should the Option of Embryo Gender Selection Be Available to Infertile Couples Undergoing Assisted Reproductive Technology?" Journal of Medical Ethics (2008)
NO: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, from "Sex Selection" Opinion No. 360, Obstetrics and Gynecology (2007)
From 9 to 5: Gender in the World of Work
Does the "Mommy Track" (Part-Time Work) Improve Women's Lives?
YES: E. Jeffrey Hill, Vjollca K. Märtinson, Maria Ferris, and Robin Zenger Baker, from "Beyond the Mommy Track: The Influence of New-Concept Part-Time Work for Professional Women on Work and Family," Journal of Family and Economic Issues (2004)
NO: Mary C. Noonan and Mary E. Corcoran, from "The Mommy Track and Partnership: Temporary Delay or Dead End?" The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (2004)
Can Social Policies Improve Gender Inequalities in the Workplace?
YES: Hilda Kahne, from "Low-Wage Single-Mother Families in This Jobless Recovery: Can Improved Social Policies Help?" Journal of Social Issues and Public Policy (2004)
NO: Hadas Mandel and Moshe Semyonov, from "A Welfare State Paradox: State Interventions and Women's Employment Opportunities in 22 Countries," American Journal of Sociology (2006)
Is the Gender Wage Gap Justified?
YES: John Shackleton, from "Explaining the Overall Pay Gap" in Should We Mind the Gap? Gender Pay Differentials and Public Policy, London, England: The Institute of Economic Affairs (2008)
NO: Hilary M. Lips, from "The Gender Wage Gap: Debunking the Rationalizations AND Blaming Women's Choices for the Gender Pay Gap." From Expert Advice for Working Women. www .womensmedia.com.
Are Barriers to Women's Success as Leaders Due to Societal Obstacles?
YES: Alice H. Eagly and Linda L. Carli, from "Women and the Labyrinth of Leadership," Harvard Business Review (September 2007)
NO: Kingsley R. Browne, from Biology at Work: Rethinking Sexual Equality (Rutgers University Press, 2002)
Gender and Sexuality: Double Standards, Triple Standards?
Should "Abstinence-Until-Marriage" Be the Only Message for Teens?
YES: Bridget E. Maher, from "Abstinence Until Marriage: The Best Message for Teens," Family Research Council (2004)
NO: Debra Hauser, from Five Years of Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Education: Assessing the Impact (2008)
Is "Gender Identity Disorder" an Appropriate Psychiatric Diagnosis?
YES: Mercedes Allen, from "Destigmatization versus Coverage and Access: The Medical Model of Transsexuality" at http://dentedbluemercedes.wordpress.com/2008/04/05/destigmatization-versus-coverage-and-access-the-medical-model-of-transsexuality/ (2008)
NO: Kelley Winters, from GID Reform Advocates, "Issues of GID Diagnosis for Transsexual Women and Men" from http://www.gidreform.org/GID30285a.pdf (2007)
Should Transgendered Women Be Considered "Real" Women?
YES: Lisa Mottet and Justin Tanis, from Opening the Door to the Inclusion of Transgender People: The Nine Keys to Making Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Organizations Fully Transgender-Inclusive (The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute, 2008)
NO: Jaimie F. Veale, Dave E. Clarke, and Terri C. Lomax, from "Sexuality of Male-to-Female Transsexuals" Archives of Sexual Behavior (2008)
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