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how gender, race, social class, orientation impacts our life experience

 how gender, race, social class, orientation,
 impacts our life experience

Q: What does this assignment entail?
A: For this assignment, I want you to think of how gender, race, social class, orientation,
etc. (think along the lines of intersectionality) impacts our life experience. For example, how
do women look at domestic violence considering the fact they are frequent survivors of this
type of abuse or, according to statistics, tend to be murdered by their current or former
partners? What about men? How about members of the trans community or non-binary?
Are there resources available to anyone if they are trying to leave an abusive relationship or
can one’s gender impact this?
Q: I need to apply a theory to my paper. How do I go about doing this?
A: You will need to apply one (1) sociological theory (i.e., Functionalism, Feminist theory,
etc.) to your topic. Your textbook and the power points should help you identify the main
theoretical perspectives relating to gender, but note that you are not only limited to these.
Take one of these theories, discuss the main premises of the theory and apply it to your
topic. For example, what would the feminist perspective say about dating? If we examine
this through a heteronormative lens, does it just reinforce the status difference and
dependency of women waiting for men to be the initiators, etc. since they maintain most of
the resources and power in society?
Q: I need to apply three concepts to my paper. How do I go about doing this?
A: Think of a concept as anything that is in bold type in your text book and defined. For the
assignment, you need to bold and underline your first reference of the concept (only the
word, nothing else) and define it. Don’t forget to cite your source if it’s coming from the text
book, power point, etc. and include the source citation on a reference page. Select three of
these concepts and apply it to your analysis of the topic. Going back to the example above,
one of my concepts might be the double standard. I can discuss how the double standard
is apparent in dating situations where one party may feel the pressure engage in sexual
activity because of the expensive date they went on. This further justifies the subordinate
status of one party in comparison to the other. I can also bring in supplemental information
that I have researched and apply it to my analysis (for example: “According to Lindsay
(2015), the double standard is not rooted in fact and something that varies from society to
society. When examining the double standard here in the U.S., it’s still apparent where
these antiquated ideologies pertaining to gender and dating still leave women in a
subordinate state and reinforces the patriarchal nature of the social structure through our
mate selection process.