Paper Title

[2.1] Doing Gender: A Look at Structural Sexism in a Heteronormative Society

Location

International Building 1014, Moderated by Dr. Monica Sanchez-Flores

Start Date

19-1-2019 2:30 PM

End Date

19-1-2019 3:45 PM

Disciplines

Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

Gender is at the centre of many social movements and important legislative changes. This is not surprising, as structural 'sexism' in Western society impacts women’s lives in significant ways: women are actively excluded from job opportunities, lack access to meaningful healthcare, and face disadvantage in terms of reproductive rights, alongside many other challenges. Gender is an extremely prevalent aspect of social inequality, as it is woven into everyday life due to institutional structures. It is a nuanced, multi-faceted aspect of social inequality, and social norms upheld by the gender binary have an adverse effect on the daily lives of women globally. Some scholars argue that a heteronormative society may be to blame. The role of gender in relation to issues of social inequality can be unpacked using feminist theory and the concept of “doing gender” to challenge heteronormativity.

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[2.1] Doing Gender: A Look at Structural Sexism in a Heteronormative Society

International Building 1014, Moderated by Dr. Monica Sanchez-Flores

Gender is at the centre of many social movements and important legislative changes. This is not surprising, as structural 'sexism' in Western society impacts women’s lives in significant ways: women are actively excluded from job opportunities, lack access to meaningful healthcare, and face disadvantage in terms of reproductive rights, alongside many other challenges. Gender is an extremely prevalent aspect of social inequality, as it is woven into everyday life due to institutional structures. It is a nuanced, multi-faceted aspect of social inequality, and social norms upheld by the gender binary have an adverse effect on the daily lives of women globally. Some scholars argue that a heteronormative society may be to blame. The role of gender in relation to issues of social inequality can be unpacked using feminist theory and the concept of “doing gender” to challenge heteronormativity.