Why Study Gender and Sexuality?

Gender and sexuality are centrally important forces that shape every aspect of our lives:

  • we know our bodies, minds and selves through our gender and our sex
  • as a society, legal definitions and social expectations about women and men sex and reproduction organize our medical, legal, educational and political systems
  • in the creative arts and culture, artists and writers move us through powerful images of masculinity and femininity, sex and desire

In GSS, we ask questions about gender and sexuality in the U.S., transnationally, and in history, and answer them using research tools from across the humanities and social sciences, as well as from feminist, masculinity, LGBT and queer studies.