SOCB22 – Lecture 7 (Feb. 28 2013)
Video: Backlash Against Men?
Idea that men are becoming more like women.
Gender Hierarchy maintained through:
How does gender structure social practice?
o How everyday practices are gendered.
o Example: violence being gendered
How does gender intersect with other social categories (race,
class) in structuring practice?
How are institutions gendered?
o The state is a masculine institution. To say this is not to
imply that the personalities of top male office-holders
somehow seep through and stain the institution, it is to
say something much stronger: that state organizational
practices are structured in relation to the reproductive
arena. The overwhelming majority of top office holders
are men because there is a gender configuring of
recruitment and promotion, a gender configuring of the
internal division of labour and systems of control, a
gender configuring of policymaking, practical routines,
and ways of mobilizing pleasure and consent.
o How ideas of masculinity are embedded into
institutions, in ways that are not easily seen.
Evidence of gender hierarchy
o Wages and salary gaps
Violence against women
Violence against aboriginal women
o Example: Women’s appearances at the Oscar and the
attention it receives, vs men.
Positions of authority/who commands authority
o Seen as a problem that young women are
wanting/seeking higher levels of education. BUT this
education isn’t necessarily decreasing the income gap. Family/household
o More of an individual issue
o Men are starting to do more housework in general than
before. But statistics show that women are still doing
more than in the past.
o As the woman’s wage increases, they do less
housework. But then eventually ends up doing more.
More likely to pay other women to do the housework.
Division of labour (production relations)
Politics of desire
o Ideas of relationships (consensual or coercive).
Connection between heterosexuality and male
Women still do most of the housework and tend to feel more
time-stressed than men do. But now more men are juggling
household chores and paid work duties, while women are
spending more time at the office, according to a new time-use
Male Privilege Checklist by B. Deutsch
Which men can expect little violence in their lives?
o Male privilege is not equal.
Which men can expect economic well-being?
Which men are represented in positions of power?
o At any given time, one form of masculinity rather than