Contributions of Feminist Sociologists to the Study of Family Life

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Contributions of Feminist Sociologists to the Study of Family Life

What Is Feminism?

"In my heart, I think a woman has two choices: either she's a feminist or a masochist." - Gloria Steinem

There are three types of feminism - Marxist, Radical and Liberal. All feminists believe in gender socialization, although they all blame different groups of people for women being treated the way they do. Marxist feminists blame society or capitalism, radical feminists blame men, and liberal feminists blame nobody; they just want equal opportunities for women.

Marxist Feminists.

"We still live in a world in which a significant fraction of people, including women, believe that a woman belongs and
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Barret and McIntosh suggest that the nuclear family is an ideological instrument and that most people are bought up to believe that they should live as a nuclear family. Because of this, other family structures are seen as inferior and blamed for anything that goes wrong. They also suggest the nuclear family is anti social as they do not socialise with anyone outside their family network.

Marxists have contributed to the study of family life by showing us how women are being exploited in the world of work.

Radical Feminists.

"The day will come when men will recognize woman as his peer, not only at the fireside, but in councils of the nation. Then, and not until then, will there be the perfect comradeship, the ideal union between the sexes that shall result in the highest development of the race." - Susan B. Anthony

Radical feminists believe that women are oppressed by patriarchy - this is where men are the head of the household. They believe that with male dominance comes a false sense of power and this leads to rape and sexual assault mainly within the nuclear family.

Delphy and Leonard believe that the nuclear or cereal-packet family has a central role in maintaining patriarchy. They say that the family is an "economic system", which involves a particular set of labour relations that men benefit from by exploiting the work that women and sometimes their own