Sociology - Gender Inequality

Sociology - Gender Inequality

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  • Sex vs. Gender
  • It's a girl!!!
  • Gender Inequality 
  • She throws like a girl..
  • Pass!!!!!
  • Functionalist and Marx-Feminist Perspectives
  • I had such a long day at work. What's for dinner tonight? 
  • Sex refers to one's biological and anatomical differences. Males are born with XY chromosomes, whereas females are born with XX chromosomes, and these chromosomes influence one's primary (reproductive organs) and secondary (begin at puberty) characteristics. Gender is culturally and socially created differences that encourage gender stereotypes. (Whittington-Walsh)
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Gender inequality is the unfair treatment of an individual due to their gender. In our society, we see gender inequality towards women and their stereotyped characteristics. Patriarchy praises the male domination of women and children, and sexism preaches that the men are superior. (Whittington-Walsh)
  • Example #1
  • You're getting more like a girl every day.
  • Talcott Parsons was a functionalist who believed that the division of labour between men and women was necessary for the function of society. Men would be the breadwinners, while women would stay at home with the children. Friedrich Engels focused on how capitalism influenced the treatment of women. He believed that women were doubly exploited; they relied on men to bring in the income and were part of the working class if they worked outside of the home. (Little)
  • Example #2
  • Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" is set in Maycomb, Alabama during the 1930's. The plot is centred around an African-American man, Tom Robinson, who has been accused of raping a white woman named Mayella Ewell. The book is written from young Scout Finch's perspective, whose father is Tom Robinson's lawyer. 
  • In chapter 6, Jem and Dill have plans to try to sneak a look at Boo Radley. When Scout protests and starts to express her concern, Jem tells her she's "getting more like a girl every day" (53). He's saying that only girls whine and worry, insinuating that they aren't as much fun as boys.
  • Aunt Alexandra hosts a church tea in chapter 24. The women are all dressed in their Sunday best and admire the Finch's fine dinnerware, as well as Scout's dress. Miss Stephanie asks Scout if she wants to be a lawyer when she's older, and Scout replies that she only wants to be a lady. She does this to appease Aunt Alexandra because she knows it would be frowned upon to say yes.
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