Q1) Define normal vs. pathological aging. Describe 3 theoretical perspectives that are concerned with social factors and depression. Is depression a part of normal aging?
Q2) Gerontologists argue that old age is characterized by continuity. How does continuity help older adults deal with the changes associated with aging? Define and describe internal and external continuity. Is internal discontinuity a part of normal aging?
Q3) Social gerontologists, as of late, have become particularly interested in the effect of aging stereotypes on the elderly. What stages/events might lead to stereotypes of aging becoming self-stereotypes? How do such stereotype: handwriting, walking and the will to live? What have longitudinal studies shown?
Q4) There is a large variation in how individuals select into age categories. Do people’s self-identified age categories correspond closely to their chronological age? According to Logan et al.’s findings, at what age for women and men does “old” become their predominant selected category? What are two key factors that lead to an age identification as old?
DISCUSSION: After watching the documentary for “Older People are Happier,” please create a new thread in the discussion board responding to the following questions:
1. What evidence does Carstensen use to support her argument that older people are happier?
2. How do older people’s emotional lives change with increasing age?
3. What are your reactions to this video? What questions did this film raise for you?
PLEASE WATCH AND THEN ANSWER
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This week we will beginning our section on social intersections by discussing the idea of intersectionality. Intersectionality is a perspective within the social constructionist framework that argues that people’s overlapping identities— including gender, race, class, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation, etc. — impact the way they experience oppression and discrimination. Specifically we will be discussing how a person’s experience with their sexuality is inherently impacted by their other identities including race, gender, class, ability, age, etc. In your discussion this week, consider the following idea:
In class on Tuesday we will discuss how sexuality is constructed uniquely based on gender. In other words perhaps men, women, and trans/non-binary folks will have different experiences with sexuality due to their gender. Based on the Lorber article and the Stuff Mom Never told You podcast (about slut-shaming), discuss the role of gender in an individual’s experience with sexuality. Questions to consider*:
1) Are there different ‘rules’ for men’s sexuality versus women’s sexuality? (i.e. can men get away with things that women cannot – ‘the sexual double standard’).
2) Are all heterosexual sexual relationships unequal and defined by power dynamics because we live in a patriarchal society? (Lorber addresses this)
3) What is the role of gender in sex work?
*These questions are just designed to spark your thinking. I encourage you to think broadly about gender and its intersections with sexuality. Make sure to incorporate the podcast or the Lorber article, but feel free to discuss whatever topic you want.
“Slut Shaming 101.”Stuff Mom Never Told You Podcast. March 4, 2015.
This is a podcast that you will listen to. Just click on the link and then press the play button.
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