Project #157101 - Sociology

Science Tutors

Subject Science
Due By (Pacific Time) 12/03/2016 12:00 am

4 pages

Doing Gender and Sexuality on Valentine’s Day

Reflect on West and Zimmerman’s theory of “doing gender” and the application of this theory to the dating show Studs (see Hollander, “Doing Studs”). Conduct your own analysis of the accomplishment of gender and sexuality via the American celebration of Valentine’s Day.



  • How is gender 'done' in the context of Valentine’s Day?       
  • How is sexuality enacted through this ritual celebration?
  •  How do individuals account for their gendered performances and how are they simultaneously held accountable for them?
  •  How is sexuality performed in this context?             
  • If Valentine’s Day is a significant ritual celebration that structures performances of gender and sexuality, how do individuals who are not in romantic relationships still perform gender and sexuality via Valentine’s Day? And how are these individuals still held accountable for such performances?


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