Globalization And Gender Relations Essay

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Globalization has led to a shrinking of the globe and an increase in world consciousness through the development of global institutions, technological advances, and major cultural transmission. The institutions that proliferate globalization are dominated by male hegemonic power. However, there has been an increase, particularly in the global South, towards trends that allow for the erosion of the hegemonic power of masculinity and the favouring of women in the global sphere. Despite historical, institutional and pervasive nature of male hegemony, there has been a slight shift within the constraints of the patriarchal system, towards women through work opportunities, education, new sexual dimensions. Furthermore, with the slow erosion of masculine…show more content…
There have been recent shifts in the gender roles of women and men internationally. Women have found social mobility through new romantic, sexual, and marriage dimensions (Power Points). Furthermore, globalization has increased the spread of women’s rights movements and representation through visibility in media and easy access to and sharing of information. For example, globalization has resulted in women’s rights such as freedom from violence and reproductive rights becoming mainstream (Pearson, pg. 15). Nevertheless, globalization has resulted in a globalized commodifying of women’s sexuality and accompanying labour. For example, within the contemporary global political economy, feminine migrant labour is “commodified as cheap labour, and as docile and less trouble-prone in political terms” (Pettman, pg. 96). These women are subject to sexual vulnerability, exploitation, and abuse in the globalized job…show more content…
Firstly, women, especially in the global South, are highly vulnerable to gendered violence such as gendered infanticide and dowry deaths. For example, in India, despite increases in women’s autonomy through careers, public opinion polls revealed that young adults still hold to traditional values of caste endogamy, virginity before marriage, and big Indian weddings (Sungupta). Furthermore, dowry deaths still are incredibly prevalent within Indian society (Sungupta). Furthermore, in the interconnected global trading system, women are more vulnerable to human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Free markets have allowed for the greater movement of people and capital and the increased market for human trafficking. There are estimations that there are 200,000 trafficked women in Japan alone working for pimps and traffickers (Moorehead, pg.
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