SOC 275: Lecture #1
Why study sex and gender?
- Connect personal troubles with social issues = sociological imagination
What is Feminism?
- Feminism is the radical notion that women are people
- Applying sociological imagination to gender inequality
o Bcuz women are systematically oppressed/disadvantaged
- Perfect hold of belief in economic/social equality between gender
o Equal pay for equal work + glass ceiling + end sexual violence
Do we still need Feminism?
- Reading #1 (for today): Gould, L.
o Children could adapt; while parents couldn’t
o “Free to be doing me” 1972: stories told by celebrities of the day
▪ “free to be you and me”
▪ there shouldn’t be a limit for what men/women should do
- Baby Storm
o Critics accused Witterick + Stocker of conducting a social experiment on their
▪ Raise a child w/o a gender: (Gender free)
▪ Give the child the freedom to be a male/female
▪ More rabid ones call: child abuse = negative responses
o Witterick: “when will we live in a world where people can make choices to be
whoever they are?”
- Gender Neutral Toys (Gender Bender)
o Specific toys for specific gender
o only changed signs at supermarket BUT not the labels on products
- Girls gone Anti-Feminist?
o Reading #2: Social notions that we no longer need feminism because we’ve
achieved equality (Douglas)
o Compensation coming out law + medical school + sports + restriction on how
women should dressed + acceptable masculinity (okay to cry) + sexual norms +
less double sexual standards + men share house works + illegal to rape wives
▪ Reality: STILL segregation between jobs + still pay less 78% than men
o Media is purposely to produce the idea that women now is equal
▪ What enlighten sexism in the article?
▪ Where do these cultural ideas come from & what functions do they serve
o “women are now more ‘equal’: therefore, free to embrace things we used to see
as sexist, including hypergirliness”
o “Now that women allegedly have the same sexual freedom as men, they actually
prefer to be sex objects because it’s liberating”