Variations on the Gender Binary: An Exploration of a Social Construct

In the dominant western worldview, gender is conceptualized as a binary construct which places individuals into gender categories based on biological sex. In this social context, there are typical characteristics that each gender is expected to express: men being dominant, strong, aggressive, and logical, and women being nurturing, passive, emotional, and intuitive. In addition to … Continue reading Variations on the Gender Binary: An Exploration of a Social Construct

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Marriage in a Cross Cultural Context – Polygamy Around the World

Although the institution of marriage is a cultural universal, the specifics of what it looks like vary depending on the cultural context as well as various conditions within each population. In the western world marriage is typically a monogamous union between two individuals who have been tied together in love. When one begins to look … Continue reading Marriage in a Cross Cultural Context – Polygamy Around the World

Community Dance Rituals and Rites of Passage Within the Electronic Music Festival Countercultural Movement

In this modern age, humanity is living within a paradox of being connected in ways that have never before been possible while simultaneously facing a great disconnection from traditional communities, interpersonal relationships, and the natural world. Due to this paradox, as well as ever increasing globalization, many people are coming from complex cultural and genealogical … Continue reading Community Dance Rituals and Rites of Passage Within the Electronic Music Festival Countercultural Movement