The Breadth of Women and Men, Pt. 1

Earlier this week on twitter:
Now I was mostly idly musing as is my wont [though I did get two offers from dear colleagues!], but I started adding things to a spreadsheet anyway, to see what I could see.
There may be more posts in the future emanating from this poking around, but here’s the first.
 You know, and I know, that neither gender nor sex are binaries. LCSH isn’t quite there yet, so for the purposes of these analyses — I will be treating men and women as though they were opposite sides of a binary.
As I gathered more and more terms that are gender divided, I realized that the best place to start might be analyzing and comparing the narrower terms of two fairly high terms — Women and Men.
Before I do that, a word about broader terms [BT] and narrower terms [NT]. Let’s turn to H 370 in our Subject Heading Manual:
There are three main relationships for which a BT is assigned
Genus/species (or class/class member):
Apes
BT Primates
Buildings, Prefabricated
BT Buildings
Women executives
BT Executives
Cinematography
BT Photography
Dental anthropology
BT Physical anthropology
Whole/part:
Toes
BT Foot
Ethnology
BT Anthropology
Instance (or generic topic/proper-named example):
Whitewater Lake (Wis.)
BT Lakes–Wisconsin
Belleau Wood, Battle of, France, 1918
BT World War, 1914-1918–Campaigns–France
You may’ve noticed that all the examples link a term to a BT and none link a term to an NT. That’s because in MARC records, there are no NTs. In proposing and maintaining LCSH records — only BT relationships are recorded. The system automatically generates the corresponding NT. That isn’t going to come up or anything, I just think it’s interesting to know.

Two other pertinent points from the memo:
[ . . . ] and [ . . . ] headings:
Make a BT from the heading (or its equivalent) that follows the word and (cf. H 310).
Prepositional phrases:
Make a BT from the heading that corresponds to the term(s) following the preposition.
Examples:
Sex instruction for [group of people]
BT [group of people]
Church work with [group of people]
BT [group of people]
The […] and […] headings will be particularly important later. Remember the rule that a BT is made only for the term which follows the ‘and’.
Now that we’ve covered some of the rules of forming BT relationships — let’s see what terms LCSH has deemed Men and Women to be BTs of.

[You don’t have to read all these now!! This is just so you can consult the full list if you want, later, I’m going to break it down in a bit]

Women (May Subd Geog)
[GT2520-2540 (Customs)]
[HQ1101-2030.9 (Sociology)]
Here are entered works on the human female. Works on female organisms in general are entered under Females.
UF Human females
Wimmin
Woman [Former heading]
Womon
Womyn
BT Females
Human beings
RT Femininity
SA subdivision Women under individual wars, e.g. World War, 1939-1945—Women; also subdivision Relations with women under names of individual persons; and headings beginning with the word Women
NT Abused women
Abusive women
Advertising and women
Architecture and women
Assyrian women
Aunts
Bahai women
Beauty contestants
Bisexual women
Buddhist women
Christian women
Church group work with women
Church work with women
Computers and women
Crones
Dalit women
Dance for women
Daughters
Daughters-in-law
Discounts for women
Exercise for women
Fascism and women
Femmes fatales
Gentile women
Gifted women
Heterosexual women
Hindu women
HIV-positive women
Homeless women
Housewives
Indian women
Indigenous women
Internet and women
Jaina women
Jewish religious education of women
Jewish women
Large-breasted women
Lesbians
Libraries and women
Married women
Mass media and women
Matriarchy
Medically uninsured women
Mentally ill women
Middle-aged women
Middle class women
Minority women
Mothers
Motion pictures and women
Motion pictures for women
Museums and women
Muslim women
National socialism and women
Nieces
Older women
Overweight women
Ovum donors
Photography of women
Physical education for women
Poor women
Preaching to women
Pregnant women
Puerto Rican women
Queens
Racially mixed women
Radio and women
Retired women
Runaway women
Rural women
Samaritan women
Scolds
Sedentary women
Self-defense for women
Self-employed women
Separated women
Sex instruction for women
Sexual ethics for women
Sexual harassment of women
Sexual minority women
Sikh women
Single women
Sisters
Social work with women
Syriac women
Tall women
Taoist women
Technology and women
Television and women
United States. Navy—Women
Upper class women
Urban women
Video games for women
Violence in women
Widows
Wild women
Wives
Women’s mass media
Working class women
Yezidi women
Young women
Zoroastrian women
Men (May Subd Geog)
Here are entered works on the human male. Works on male organisms in general are entered under Males.
UF Human males
BT Human beings
Males
RT Effeminacy
Masculinity
SA headings beginning with the word Male, e.g. Male nurses
NT Abused men
Abusive men
Antique collecting for men
Bahai men
Bisexual men
Brotherhoods
Brothers
Christian men
Church group work with men
Church work with men
Cosmetics for men
Dandies
Eunuchs
Fathers
Gay men
Gifted men
Grooming for men
Heterosexual men
HIV-positive men
Homeless men
Househusbands
Husbands
Indian men
Indigenous men
Jewish men
Latin lovers
Male prostitutes
Married men
Men in black (UFO phenomenon)
Middle-aged men
Middle class men
Motion pictures and men
Motion pictures for men
Muslim men
Nephews
Older men
Overweight men
Photography of men
Poor men
Preaching to men
Rural men
Sex instruction for men
Sexual harassment of men
Sexual minority men
Short men
Single men
Social work with men
Sons
Sperm donors
Strong men
Uncircumcised men
Uncles
Upper class men
Urban men
Violence in men
Widowers
Wild men
Womanizers
Working class men
Young men

That’s a lot of terms and I don’t expect you to read ’em all, but I wanted to make sure you had them for your own analysis [knowing not everyone has access to ClassWeb, the most up-to-date place for LCSH].
Next, I wanted to whittle down these lists to make them a little more manageable. I matched identical terms and equivalent familial relationships. I also mapped Short men to Tall women as being kin, though I am willing to entertain that there should be headings for Tall men and Short women [neither exist at press time]. Femme fatales being matched to Womanizers is admittedly, not the best match, but they’re close enough to me that I still felt justified.
The following are the matched headings.
Men
Abused men
Abusive men
Uncles
Bahai men
Bisexual men
Christian men
Church grp work w/ men
Church work with men
Sons
Womanizers
Gifted men
Heterosexual men
HIV-positive men
Homeless men
Househusbands
Husbands
Indian men
Indigenous men
Jewish men
Gay men
Married men
Middle-aged men
Middle class men
Fathers
Motion pictures and men
Motion pictures for men
Muslim men
Nephews
Older men
Overweight men
Sperm donors
Photography of men
Poor men
Preaching to men
Rural men
Sex instruction for men
Sexual harassment of men
Sexual minority men
Single men
Brothers
Social work with men
Short men
Upper class men
Urban men
Violence in men
Widowers
Wild men
Working class men
Young men
Women
Abused women
Abusive women
Aunts
Bahai women
Bisexual women
Christian women
Church grp work w/ women
Church work with women
Daughters
Femme fatales
Gifted women
Heterosexual women
HIV-positive women
Homeless women
Housewives
Wives
Indian women
Indigenous women
Jewish women
Lesbians
Married women
Middle-aged women
Middle class women
Mothers
Motion pictures and women
Motion pictures for women
Muslim women
Nieces
Older women
Overweight women
Ovum donors
Photography of women
Poor women
Preaching to women
Rural women
Sex instruction for women
Sexual harassment of women
Sexual minority women
Single women
Sisters
Social work with women
Tall women
Upper class women
Urban women
Violence in women
Widows
Wild women
Working class women
Young women
Check back in the next post where — I want to address three questions:
1. Which headings appear on one list but not the other?
2. Of those, are there equivalent headings that in LCSH?
3. Why does the equivalent heading either not exist, or isn’t in the hierarchy?
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