Gender Inequality Theory

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Gender inequality is often a broad, abstract, and vague idea. This is one of the great puzzles of modern society and explaining gender inequality has proven to be a challenging task to say the least. After all the years spend on this subject, we have not been able to discover why the blooming of equality has failed. While some argue that it was wrong to ever challenge the practices that oppress women, others add that the mistake was to believe that women and men are inherently the same and we are simply collecting the inescapable sequence of nature. How much true is in these arguments? Could there be another answer?
Perhaps this matter has been approached incorrectly and the fundamental problem of social theory persists and needs to be addressed: …show more content…

To understand the theory of gender inequality better, it is necessary to confront the obstacles that have limited prior attempts. Amongst these, one the most important ones is the strong urge to minimize all explanations of gender inequality to some fundamental contrast between the sexes.
By using theories of popular ideology as base material, the same errors committed by early generations of male scholars will be repeated. This is a critical barrier to defining gender inequality. Perhaps the fact that gender inequality, like other forms of inequality, creates two competing sets of myths has been continuously overlooked. One myth that shows men’s advantage, the other one that reflects women’s. Making opposite claims about what is considered true or just, and yet share some particular …show more content…

Women’s myths were thought to be irrelevant and not socially dominant which as an effect overlook them. Generally, these myths made assumptions to sex differences almost resembling those that give credit to male dominance, while transforming these characterizations and reversing the moral interpretations. For example, men are childish and women are mature, men are morally weak but women are virtuous, men are brutish and women are gentle, and men are hardheaded and power-hungry while women are cooperative. Women’s specific beliefs could vary by period, region and social

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  • Explains that gender inequality is often a broad, abstract, and vague idea, which is one of the great puzzles of modern society.
  • Opines that the fundamental problem of social theory remains unresolved. the issue to be explained is why men consistently do better than women.
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