SOCB22 Lecture 7
February 25, 2013
Backlash against Men
Men are doing worse than women
Men are acting like women or becoming feminized
What does it mean to be uncompromising men?
How is it connected to ideas of masculinity as dominant?
Do you think men the new underclass (subordinated based on their gender)? What is the evidence (that
they are or are not)?
Given what we know as sociologists, how would we go about determining whether or not men are the
What questions does this column raise for you? What else would you need to know?
R.w. Connell (2010)
Gender hierarchy maintained through:
How does gender structure social practice?
How does gender intersect with other social categories (race, class) in structuring practice?
- Men do have problems
- How does power work in a way that privileges masculinity
- The qualities associated with leadership, femininity
- Everyday practices are gender
- Weiser commercial: how men are doing gender in a particular way
- Looking at violence -> how it is gendered
- Institutions: how are institutions gendered?
- Who are the people who are at the top?
- Connell is saying that state organizational practices are structured in relation to the
- Its thinking about how ideas of masculinity are embedded into institutions
- For example, the way that social networks work, the way that people get hired
- Authoritative values that are gendered
- When a man talks in a way that is assertive and loud, they will attract attention
- How certain career paths are constructed? SOCB22 Lecture 7
February 25, 2013
Evidence of Gender Hierarchy
Violence against women
Violence against aboriginal women
What do we think about where power is? It’s not that women do not hold power, but looking at
power as a group
Positions of authority/who commands authority
Division of labour (productive relations)
Politics of desire: looking at ideas of relationships (central or coercive) whether pleasure is given
Young women want to get a higher education and take the position of men
Even though young women are getting higher levels of education, they are not necessarily
getting a higher income