Sex, Gender, and Sexuality

Sociologists of sex, gender, and sexuality explore changing gender relations, sexual practices, inequalities, and identities across national boundaries.

Read the works of our researchers:

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Multiple Specialist Authors:

  • Sylvia Fuller and Yue Qian (2021) “COVID-19 and the Gender Gap in Employment Among Parents of Young Children in Canada”. Gender & Society 35(2): 206-217
  • Sylvia Fuller and Yue Qian (2021) “Parenthood, Gender, and the Risks and Consequences of Job Loss” Social Forces 100(4): 1642-1670.
  • Hirsh, C. Elizabeth Hirsh, Christina Treleavin, and Sylvia Fuller (2020) “Caregivers, Gender, and the Law: An Analysis of Family Responsibility Discrimination” Gender and Society 34(5): 760-789.
  • Fuller, Sylvia and C. Elizabeth Hirsh (2019) “‘Family Friendly’ Jobs and Motherhood Career Penalties: The Impact of Flexible Work Arrangements Across the Educational Spectrum” Work and Occupations 46(1): 3-44.

We offer the following undergraduate courses covering Sex, Gender, and Sexuality:

  • 212: Introduction to Gender (currently in development)
  • 312: Gender Relations
  • 314: Sociology of Masculinity
  • 369: Sociology of Sexualities
  • 414: Feminist Theory
  • 469: Queer Theory and Politics

About this research area:

Sociologists of gender and sexuality explore changing gender relations and sexual identities within historical and contemporary contexts across national boundaries.

A central theme within feminist sociology, the exploration of intersectionality, recognizes the mutually constitutive character of social processes, structures and identities (e.g., through race, class and gender).

An example of research by faculty in this field is the examination of gender differences in settlement experiences among immigrants and refugees.

Pivotal to this field of inquiry is the examination of queerness—lesbian, bisexual, trans, intersexed, pansexual—past and present, in addition to the social construction of heteronormativity and heterosexual non-conformity.

Examples of research by faculty in this area include burlesque, striptease, neo-burlesque, industries of sex workers and sex-related social movements.

This area of expertise excavates the transformation of gender over time, space and the life course.

Examples of research by faculty include the complexities of ‘girl cultures’, school-based youth cultures and care-giving for the elderly.

Some sociologists of gender analyze processes of globalization, the segregation of the labour force, unionization and social policy.

Examples of such research include struggles for pay equity, service work and consumer culture, and single parenting in neo-liberal contexts.