Category Archives: Sex and gender

Semi-Structured Interviews to Research Education

Semi-Structured interviews are the most common primary qualitative research methods used in education. There are many studies which employ them. Here I focus on just one, which is adapted from ‘Sociology Since 2000’. Class, gender, (hetero) sexuality, and schooling: working-class … Continue reading

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Gender Norms and Stereotypes – A Visual Representation

Men are simple and straightforward: they just want quick sex with porn-star lookalikes, exaggerate the number  of sexual partners they have to gain status and need women to give them space to get on with the important matters of  football, beer … Continue reading

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Is the UK really the 18th most gender equal country in the world?

According to the Global Gender Gap Index, the United Kingdom is one of the most gender equal countries in the world, but if you drill down into the statistics, women and men appear to both more and less equal than the … Continue reading

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Our waning interest in Pornography and Patriarchy?

Here’s an interesting correlation between the quantities of books published on Pornography and Patriarchy… This is from Google ngram viewer, which searches the content of five million books. If you take it at face value, then public interest in both … Continue reading

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Gender equality in the domestic division of labour

Do men and women do equal amounts of housework and child care today or is there evidence of a dual burden for women? What do the trends suggest about women’s empowerment?  There is evidence that the domestic division of labour … Continue reading

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Are men and women equal in relationships?

Most Sociological theorising has stressed the fact that gender roles in family life have become increasingly equal since the 1950s The 1950s – The Traditional Nuclear Family and Segregated Conjugal Roles In the 1950s, Sociologists such as Talcott Parson’s (1955) … Continue reading

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Gender and Educational Achievement – Evaluating the Role of Out of School Factors

One of the out of school factors which could explain why girls do better than boys in education is that girls have higher aspirations than boys.  Here’s some recent research which supports this while also suggesting that the relationship between … Continue reading

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Explaining the Gender Gap in Education

This post aims to outline some of the factors which might explain why girls outperform boys in education, focusing on factors external to the school such as changes in gender roles, the impact of feminism and women’s empowerment. Continue reading

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Gender Identity and Education

This post looks at how the experience of school can reinforce children’s gender identities Research on the development of gender identity has shown that children become keen to demonstrate their awareness and knowledge of gender at the age of five … Continue reading

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Explaining Gender Inequality in Education – In School Factors

Why do girls do better than boys in schools in Britain? This post aims to explain the gender gap in education by focusing on internal factors such as teacher labeling, laddish subcultures and the feminisation of teaching. Continue reading

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