Dr. Rin Reczek, OSU, Professor of Sociology & Lawrence Stacey, OSU Sociology, PhD Candidate
Theme: Gender Inequality
Measuring Sex, Gender, and Sexuality in Population Surveys
Social scientists and humanities scholars have theoretically and empirically upended our deeply held assumptions about sex, gender, and sexuality. While sex, gender, and sexuality were once understood to be stable, overlapping, and dichotomous “natural” entities that cohered in the human body, we now understand each to evolve across the life course, to be context and location specific, and as socio-historical constructs imbued with power. Unfortunately, measurement of sex, gender, and sexuality at the population level has not kept pace with these advancements. Slow changes over the years have moved recommended measures from taken-for-granted questions and simple response categories that often conflate sex, gender, and sexuality and erase sexual and gender minority populations, to a range of important questions that capture the full breadth of each concept. This talk will unpack the latest understandings of sex, gender, and sexuality from a sociological perspective, and will provide insight into the implications of these understandings for measurement. In doing so, the speakers will provide guidelines and best practices for how to measure these concepts, as well as tools to interpret the meaning of your data on these fundamental aspects of the self.
A reminder that all participants need to register in order to participate in the fall seminar series. The link to the registration is here:https://osu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMqdeuurT4pGtYpugjkDPxlO-EechsTva2w