The Arrest of Andrew Tate
Andrew Tate is the poster boy for toxic masculinity – why did he get so popular in 2022 and why was he arrested?
Feminism and Malestream Sociology
Some Feminists argue that early sociology was ‘malestream’ – meaning it was mainly focused on studying boys and men and theorising about women’s roles by Functionalists (for example) was itself patriarchal. This post explores whether sociology is still malestream today.
Why some women choose not to have children
Birth rates have been falling for decades, in practically every country on earth. But not only are women having fewer children, more women are remaining childless for their entire lives. 15% of women in the United States now remain childless into their late 40s. However, this choice to remain child-free isn’t one that comes easy.…
Angry Wimmin – A great Documentary on Feminism
Angry Wimmin, part two of the BBC’s series ‘Lefties’ is a good resource to use for teaching Radical Feminist Theory. Part 1 below is especially good for the families and households module for A-level sociology. It involves interviews with real women who were involved with Radical Feminism in the 1970s, and you get to hear…
A Marxist-Feminist response to covid-19
A Marxist-Feminist response to covid-19 demands that the political response to the pandemic puts people, and especially essential-service workers, before the interests of capital. Below I summarise an article from Spectre, a Marxist-Feminist journal, based in the United States, which outlines seven ways we should be responding to the pandemic. I’ve re-worded some of the…
A Marxist-Feminist Analysis of Coronavirus
I read a very interesting article called in Dissent online magazine which seems to be a ‘Marxist-Feminist‘ analysis of the Coronavirus. The article’s called ‘Social Reproduction and the Pandemic, and consists of a Q and A session with Tithi Bhattacharya, a professor of history at Purdue university and co-author of a book: Feminism for the…
Intersex Policing – the case of Caster Semenya
You’ll probably recognize Caster Semenya the female 400 meter runner with intersex traits who won the 800 meters in the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games. However she probably won’t be at next year’s in 2020 because the Court of Arbitration for Sport recently judged that female athletes with intersex traits won’t be able to compete in…
Sexism in Media Companies – the League du Lol
The league du LoL was a closed Facebook group of around 30 male journalists who co-ordinated sexist trolling of various female journalists, feminists and LGBQT activists between the years 2009-2012, although it’s believed that some of the members were active well after this period. Examples of their harassment include co-ordinated condescending comments on twitter, photomontages…
Is Religion a Source of Consensus or Conflict?
Functionalism is the only perspective which has traditionally argued that religion is a source of value consensus, all other perspectives disagree with this in one way or another, but not all believe that religion is necessarily a cause of overt conflict in the world. Functionalism Functionalists generally argue that religion promotes value consensus in a…