SOC 203 Week 2 DQ 2 Title IX

SOC 203 Week 2 DQ 2 Title IX

SOC 203 Week 2 DQ 2 Title IX

One of the better-known impacts of Title IX relates to gender equity in athletics. While only 1 in 27 girls participated in high school sports before the passage of Title IX the number has increased to almost 1 in 2 girls in high school athletic programs since.  After viewing the required resources for this discussion, please address each of the following questions: 

a. In your informed opinion, was Title IX a logical policy response to the problem of gender inequality? 

b. Did Title IX accomplish the intended goals for all women?


c. Did Title IX impact your life in any way? 

d. What differences do you think there are between the way girls and young women view sports today compared to 40 years ago? In effect, has participation in sports changed women and their role in society? 

e. Other than Title IX, have other social changes have contributed to changes in perception? Please provide examples 

In order to do understand and develop a sociological imagination, we must be able to see  a social problem from many perspectives. This is the goal of our first discussion. For example, experts are warning us about the dangers of obesity, a problem for both individuals and society. While some may suggest obesity is simply the result of individual choices, how did so many people suddenly begin to make such bad choices?

Rather than the result of individual choices, perhaps obesity is the result of dietary options available to our society. This might explain variations in obesity rates from one geographic region to another. Wealth distribution, health care, and even the availability of food may also explain differing rates of obesity. In short, to those who have developed the sociological imagination, a variety of factors are clearly behind this epidemic of obesity. 

After reading the assigned chapters in the textbook and visiting the website, Overweight and obesity, discuss each of the following points: 

a. Using the definition provided by the text, define how obesity could be categorized as a social problem.

§ What are examples of individual and societal factors leading to obesity? 

§ What are the individual and social consequences of doing nothing to address this problem? 

b. Theoretical perspectives 

§ How would a conflict theorist explain the problem of obesity? 

§ How would a functionalist explain the problem of obesity? 

§ How would a symbolic interactionist explain the problem of obesity? 

c. Based on your research, and personal reflection on which theoretical perspective is most like your own views, which theory does the best job at explaining the causes of obesity? Based on this analysis, explain why or why not the issue of obesity should be addressed as a social problem. 

Additional research, focusing on scholarly sources, is expected. Websites can be included in your research, and eventually included in your list of references, although you are expected to rely on authoritative sources. You may also look ahead in your textbook, since health issues are discussed in several chapters.