Tag: sex

  • 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…

  • Feminist perspectives on increased domestic abuse during Coronavirus lockdown

    Lockdown saw a significant increase in Domestic Abuse cases, according to this Guardian article. According to the F-Word, the charity refuge reported a 7000% increase in calls to its abuse helpline just three weeks into lockdown, and Karen Ingala Smith, who tracks the number of women killed by men, reports a near three fold increase…

  • 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)…

  • 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…

  • Men enjoy 2 years more leisure time than women, over the course of a working life

    Men are enjoying more leisure time than they did 15 years ago, while women have less. according to the latest stats from the Office for National Statistics. In 2015 Men spent 43 hours a week on leisure activities, up from 42.88 hours in 2000. In the same period, women’s leisure time fell to 38.35 hours, from…

  • Technology Enchantment and Arousal Addiction

    A summary of Zimbardo and Coulombe’s Man Disconnected, part 4. It seemed appropriate to devote a whole blog post to this chapter (chapter 11) as this seems to be the main thrust of the book. (No, the book’s not that well organised!) Chapter 11: Technology Enchantment and Arousal Addiction J.R.R. Tolkein used the word ‘enchantment’…

  • Man Disconnected #2: Why are young men in crisis?

    Man Disconnected by Zimbardo and Coulombe is about the challenges young men face in our technological age. This post summarizes chapters 8-10.  If you like this sort of thing, then you might also like… Man Disconnected summary part 1: which deals with the evidence of the problems faced by young men today. Man Disconnected summary part 3:…

  • No More Boys and Girls

    No More Boys and Girls (BBC, August 2017) BBC programme documents a 6 week experiment in gender neutrality carried out with one year 3 primary school class in primary school on the Isle of White…. Can our kids go gender free? Doctor Javid Abdelmoneim (*) believes that these attitudes are not just the result of biology,…

  • Global Gender Inequalities – An Overview

    Gender Inequalities in Employment – For every dollar earnt 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. Women’s labour force participation rates are the lowest in Northern Africa, Western Asia and…

  • Harvey Weinstein Scandal – A sign of ‘raised consciousness’ or just a decline in his personal power?

    Harvey Weinstein’s history of sexual harassment has been headline news for over a week now, but what should we make of it? Some very famous actresses, including Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Joli have come forward and accused Weinstein of sexual harassment (which he hasn’t denied, he’s only denied accusations of rape), and it seems that…