The Emergence Of Feminist Sociology

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In the beginning, the emergence of feminist sociology was to give voice to a marginalized group, women, in the academia of sociology to question the relations of ruling in patriarchal societies. However, feminist theorizing in mainstream sociology is as equally as problematic as theorizing from a male’s standpoint found in primitive sociological works. Since its emergence, feminist sociology served the “interests of white, middle class, heterosexual women,” thus, not only reproducing the identity of “women” constructed in patriarchal societies, but in which also create a new form of domination and oppression over individuals that does not portray characteristics of true “womanhood.” Therefore, the emergence of queer theory hoped to deconstruct the static identity categories, contesting categories that are considered to be normal and natural. From the beginning, “capitalist patriarchal societies created an institutionalized heterosexuality framework over gender.” That is, within this social context, heterosexuality has become the dominant hierarchical division in which has come to regulate our gender roles through institutional structures. Therefore, gender categories are once again reconstituted in which male and female are seen as the unquestionable identity categories that every social actor must assume. The naturalization of heterosexuality is justified with the claim that the two sexes, male and female, are biological and therefore “naturally occurring.” This is…
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