Gendered Embodiment

  • Katherine MasonEmail author
Part of the Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research book series (HSSR)


This chapter introduces social theories about gender and the body. Rather than focusing on sex (that is, the physiological characteristics typically associated with maleness and femaleness) this chapter instead looks at how cultural norms for femininity and masculinity shape people’s relationship to their own bodies and the bodies of others. Examining the association of masculinity with active bodily subjects—and of femininity with passive bodily objects—this chapter studies the ways bodies reproduce and, sometimes, challenge gendered power dynamics.


Embodiment Intersectionality Discipline Objectification 


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  1. 1.Wheaton CollegeNortonUSA

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