Category Archives: Sex and gender

Feminist Theory for A Level Sociology: An Introduction

Inequality between men and women is the most significant form of inequality Anthropological evidence demonstrates that inequalities between men and women exist in every single society in human history, and in most of these societies women have an inferior social … Continue reading

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Gender Equality in Rwanda

Rwanda makes an interesting case study of a developing nation which appears to have atypically high levels of gender equality. It ranks no 7 in the Gender Empowerment Index, just behind the Nordic countries, and actually has a higher proportion of … Continue reading

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Global Gender Inequalities – A Statistical Overview

Gender Inequalities in Employment For every dollar earned by men, women earn 70-90 cents. Women are less likely to work than men – Globally in 2015 about three quarters of men and half of women participate in the labour force. … Continue reading

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Five Reasons Women Don’t Get Promoted

Five reasons why women are less likely to get promoted than men include discrimination, caring responsibilities, lack of vertical networks, lack of self-confidence and ‘positive choice’ – at least according to Professor Tom Schuller in his recent book ‘The Paula … Continue reading

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Gender Equality in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is well known for its high levels of gender inequality – and this week, Janice Turner pointed out that it is the only nation, in ‘flagrant disregard of the Olympic Charter, that will not be sending any women … Continue reading

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Sylvia Walby’s Six Structures of Patiarchy

To Sylvia Walby, the concept of Patriarchy must remain central to a feminist understanding of society. She argues that there are six patriarchal structures which restrict women and maintain male domination – the existence of these structures restricts women’s freedom … Continue reading

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Gender and Crime: Sex-Role Theory

Sex Role Theory explains gendered differences in offending in terms of the differences in gender socialization, gender roles and gendered identities. The norms and values associated with traditional femininity are not conducive to crime, while the norms and values associated … Continue reading

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Yummy Mummies – A Sociological Explanation

Yummy Mummies may think they’re expressing their individuality, but they’re really just a product of our neoliberal society according to one recent piece of Analysis: The rise of the ‘yummy mummy’: popular conservatism and the neoliberal maternal in contemporary British … Continue reading

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12 Facts about Gender Inequality

Evidence from Kat Banyard  (2010) The equality illusion– the truth about women and men today, Faber and Faber. Today it is normal for women to worry about their looks. Girls have starkly different relationships to their bodies than boys – … Continue reading

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Feminist Perspectives on Society – A Summary Grid

Topic Area Summary A2 Main Ideas Feminism the Basics: Gender inequality primary lens for analysis Gender is socially constructed Patriarchy is one of the root causes of sex inequalities Feminism is a political movement Liberal Feminism Socialisation main cause, not … Continue reading

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