Category: Sex and gender

  • Happy International Women’s Day!

    International women’s day campaigns for greater gender equity.

  • Discrimination against LGBTQ people in the UK

    This post summarises some of the most recent data on the extent of discrimination against LGBTQ people, and is aimed at A-level sociology students studying aspects of sex and gender and gender inequality across the A-level specification. The LGBTQ survey carried out in 2018 by the Government Equalities Office found that: LGBT respondents were less…

  • Good Resources for Teaching the Sociology of Sex and Gender

    An introduction to sex, gender and gender identity  The resources below have been selected to help A-level sociology students and teachers studying (and teaching) an introduction to the concepts of sex and gender in the very first weeks of the two year course. However the material below should also be useful across the entire two…

  • Changing gender identities in the UK

    Only one third of 18-24 year olds identify as ‘completely heterosexual’

  • The Gyaan Centre:

    The Gyaan Centre is a new school for girls soon to be opened in Rajasthan, India. Rajasthan is one of the most conservative states in India, with women and girls still being limited to very traditional roles – many girls are still married off early and then their only prospect is to be tied to…

  • A History of Working Class Women’s Rights

    Back in Time for the Factory is a really useful documentary series from the BBC which explores how working class women’s working rights have changed since 1968. The documentary consists mainly of ‘historical reenactment’ in which a number of ordinary women (and some men) go into a garment factory in Wales and work as women…

  • Explaining the Gender Gap in Education

    Changes in women’s employment, family life, ambitions, socialisation and the impact of feminism all explain the gender gap in education

  • Representations of men in the media

    This post focuses on traditional representations of men as reinforcing aspects of hegemonic masculinity before considering some of the changes to male representations in more recent years. Traditional representations of men reinforce hegemonic masculinity Traditional representations of men have ascribed certain attributes to male characters such as strength, power, control, authority, rationality and lack of…

  • How equal are men and women in the UK?

    The gap between men and women in terms of pay, and representation in big companies is decreasing rapidly, but significant inequalities remain in both of these areas, domestic life, and chances of being a victim of sexual assault. All of this is despite the fact that girls have been outperforming boys at GCSE (and above)…

  • Media Representations of women

    The media have historically under-represented women, something Tuchman referred to as ‘symbolic annihilation’; women have also been misrepresented through stereotyping and subject to the ‘male gaze’. However, in recent years representations of women are more common and more postive.