The Sociology of Gender

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Sociology of Gender • Patriarchy: Patriarchy is the system where men are in power. Whether it is in a family setting, government setting or society setting—the men hold the power. Women are not as powerful, depending on the country and society we are focusing on would change exactly how much power women have in a patriarchal society. In a patriarchal society, men are seen as the leaders, rulers, and the overall authority. However, on the other side of it, women are seen as lesser, the weaker sex, and not as important as men. This often leads to different forms of oppression. Ranging from gendercide in African countries, to things like the glass ceiling or rape culture here in America. The sociology aspect of patriarchy is not only related to gender, it is completely embedded in gender. Without gender and sex, the patriarchy would not exist. If we eradicated genders, how would we decide who is in power? By their natural abilities to lead, not by the feminine or masculine characteristics that we attach to them because of their genitalia. The worst part of patriarchy is that we haven’t necessarily had radical acts to make it exist, all we have done as a society is allowed it, that alone makes it exist. It is seen as the normal and natural because as a society we have not fought against it. Sociology analyses the patriarchy to see what we can do to reverse it or to make a more equal society. (Patriarchy, The System, Johnson) • Accountability: This refers to
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