This manuscript describes a classroom exercise in which students leam about aspects of their own sex role orientation by completing the Bem Sex Role Inventory (BSRI). The exercise represents one way in which the themes of clinical sociology can contribute to the teaching of other sociology courses. Specifically, the exercise is 1) interventionist, 2) multidisciplinary, 3) humane, and 4) holistic. The exercise underscores the potential for alternative conceptions of gender without reinforcing traditional stereotypes. This manuscript introduces the Bem Sex Role Inventory, describes its administration in the classroom, provides ideas for incorporating the exercise into sociology courses, and provides an annotated bibliography of some of the relevant research that has made use of the inventory. The manuscript is designed to provide the practical tools for teachers to incorporate the exercise into their own custom-made lessons and to incorporate the themes of clinical sociology into the other sociology courses they teach.
Monto, Martin A.
"An Exercise in Gender: The BEM Sex Role Inventory in the Classroom,"
Clinical Sociology Review: Vol. 11
, Article 13.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/csr/vol11/iss1/13