"The Gendered Society"
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The paper discusses Michael S. Kimmel's "The Gendered Society" and his argument that gender differences are not the cause of the blatant gender inequality seen throughout history, but rather the result. The paper explores Kimmels' treatment of gender differences and inequalities and their effect on interactions common today amongst the sexes. The paper refers to the popular T.V. show "Friends" that shows how men and women are not so different, and that there is more difference amongst each particular gender when it comes to interpretations of masculinity and femininity. The paper illustrates Kimmels' belief that because this society still spawns inequality, there are external forces working against breaking down the barriers that we perceive exist between genders.
From the Paper:"Michael S. Kimmel in his book, The Gendered Society attempts to further the claim made already by other gender studies professionals, sociologists, psychologists alike, that gender differences are not the cause of the blatant gender inequality seen throughout history, but rather the result. This means that through inequality, there inherently springs difference, which according to Kimmel begets the disparities used to justify the gender differences we hold onto as a society (xi-xii). He also argues that men and women are not so different, and that this is merely the perception societies generate in response to supposed gender differences and accepted inequalities. The purpose of his book is to probe into the meaning behind why every society seems to differentiate people and their roles based solely on their gender; while his second question wonders why it is that all societies are male-dominated and unequal (Kimmel, 2)."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Kimmel, Michael S. The Gendered Society. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000. Retrieved online March 20, 2008,http://books.google.com/books?id=ExjWDtstbQYC&dq=the+gendered+society&pg=PP1&ots=UOAKMJyIkd&sig=n9ftV0tgAavGs7yTYOIZelH3MNM&hl=en&prev=http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rls=GGLJ,GGLJ:2006-31,GGLJ:en&q=The+Gendered+Society+&sa=X&oi=print&ct=title&cad=one-book-with-thumbnail#PPP11,M1
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