What are the features of each gender role that might contribute to depression in women and men
Answer each question in 100 words. References attached.
1. Differences in Diagnoses
Although some individuals (for instance, Thomas Szasz and Paula Caplan) have contended that psychiatric diagnoses are myths or “problems in living” and not actual disorders, can you think of constructive reasons for classifying mental health problems? What benefits do you think such a classification system might offer? How might the diagnostic category of depression be helpful to individual women? How might the category of antisocial personality disorder benefit men?
2. Guys, Girls and Gangs
Recent years have seen an increase in adolescent girls’ involvement in antisocial gang activity. Why do you think gang activity has been mostly the province of males? What are the possible reasons for girls’ greater involvement in gangs in recent years?
3. The Story of David Reimer
Watch and/or listen to this brief video about the life of David Reimer, then react to the story. What role did involuntary gender reassignment play in his life?
4. Gender and Depression
There are several factors that have been associated with depression. What role does gender play in depression? In other words, what are the features of each gender role that might contribute to depression in women and men?
5. Feminism – Part 1
How has feminism, supposedly a movement for the equality of all people regardless of gender, excluded people to push forward its agenda?
6. Feminism – Part 2
Many people are uncomfortable identifying with the word “feminist.” Why is that? Should we keep the word, or switch to something else, such as “humanist”? What are some issues with avoiding this label?
7. Benevolent Sexism?
Is benevolent sexism detrimental to women despite appearing positive? Why or why not?
8. Gender Theories – Part 1
Discuss the theories relating to the development of gender roles and gender stereotypes. Which theory do you support? Why?
9. Gender Theories – Part 2
Using what you’ve read or found on the internet: a. Why do you think gender stereotypes are so inflated compared with actual gender differences? b. Why do you think people continue to believe in such strong gender differences despite evidence to the contrary?
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