Gender Differences And Gender Inequality

2322 Words Oct 24th, 2016 10 Pages
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, institutions are, “an established organization; or a custom, practice, or law that is accepted and used by many people” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary). Taking this into account, that means that a gendered institution is one in which gender differences and gender inequality have become an established organization; or a custom, practice, or law that has been accepted and used by many people. Kimmel states that they reflect existing gender differences and gender inequalities, construct gender differences, and reproduce gender inequality by making those differences appear not to be socially produced but naturally produced (Kimmel 318). Thus, gendered institutions are something that has become embedded in our everyday life, and they are perpetuated by our own doing. Meaning, as a society we cannot differentiate what is institutionally based thought, or thought processes that are based on behavior that we know to be right or wrong.
The real question is, if Kimmel, and other social scientists such as himself, have pointed out that it is these gendered institutions that are proliferating gender inequality in our society, then why has the American society, which claims to be one of equality, failed to see the predominant culprit of the reoccurring gender inequalities in our society? The answer that I have come to an agreement with is that we make ourselves blind. According to Kimmel, we are “having a national debate about masculinity in…
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