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ANTH 212 (Gender, Sex, and Culture) Course Guide: Home
This guide is intended for students registered in ANTH 212 taught by Larry van der Est.
Explore this map of world gender customs created by PBS' Independent Lens. "Worldwide, the sheer variety of gender expression is almost limitless. Take a tour and learn how other cultures see gender diversity." -- Independent Lens
Watch the documentary film, Kuma Hina, on Netflix. Kuma Hina tells the story of Hina Wong-Kalu, a transgender native Hawaiian. The documentary also explores Hawaii's traditional embrace of māhū, or individuals who embody both male and female spirit.
First, make sure the source you are using meets your assignment requirements. For example, avoid using websites if your instructor tells you to only use scholarly articles.
For more tips on evaluating sources, see the evaluating sources page for more information on finding reliable sources.
When you search the library for books or articles, you will need to search using keywords. Unlike Google, our databases are not very smart and do not understand full sentences.
To get you started, here's a list of keywords you may want to use when searching for sources:
"gender norms" OR "gender roles" OR "sex roles"
"cultural norms" OR "social norms"
sexuality OR "sexual orientation"
heterosexual OR homosexual
masculine/masculinity OR feminine/femininity
"gender identity" OR "gender expression"
"gender binary" OR "gender-variant"
stereotypes OR sexism
These are just suggestions to get you started. The best keywords to use will depend on your paper topic.
Learning to search databases takes practice and persistence! If you get stuck, try brainstorming new keywords or trying different combinations of keywords. If you're really stuck, come see a librarian for extra help.
Video: Sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression
True Colors Fund. (2015, December 16). Sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vlx9iZ9g_9I
This video explains the difference between: sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. These key terms may be useful when you are searching for sources for your paper.