Conecept Analusis Essay

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Compare and contrast 2 interpretations of gender. Pay attention to similarities and differences in the usage of the concept and in its value.

To have a deeper and concise analysis of the concept of ‘gender’, one must be capable of using research and their own knowledge to allow their understanding to be open to the multiplicity of the views and perspectives. The books ‘Gender and Power’ by R. W. Connell (1987) and ‘The end of equality: work, babies and women's choices in 21st century Australia’ by Anne Summers (2003) have broadened my perception of gender and have allowed me to acknowledge the author’s similarities and differences in interpreting gender. Both ...view middle of the document...

One of the main issues regarding gender in not only the twentieth century, but also the current twenty-first century is the sexual division of labour. The Penguin Dictionary of Sociology (2006) defines a sexual division of labour as “giving men and women different roles in relation to the family and domestic organization.” This dictionary divides roles in labour and influences but only creates one fixed meaning of ‘gender’ which prompted me to do some further research. Connell creates an original contribution to the ‘sexual division of labour’ theory and sets out a systematic framework discussing gender and feminism in her book, ‘Gender and Power’. She also includes an elaboration of the dictionary’s definition of a sexual division of labour: “skilling and training is one of the mechanisms by which sexual division of labour is made a powerful system of social constraint.” (Page 100) Summers argues with Connell and adds to the debate, arguing that the government is financially penalising women for choosing to stay employed once they become mothers.
A journal article, which is in relation to Summers’ book, called ‘The End of Equality’ by A. Summers, reinforces the argument of a sexual division of labour in Australia. She discusses in her article, the circumstance that although many people would consider that the past 30 years was a road to improvement of the inequality between men and women, was in fact “actually starting to go backwards.” In both her book and journal article, Summers looked at the economic, physical and social markers of women’s wellbeing to analyse her strong belief of the regression of gender equality in the twenty-first century. She supports her argument using statistics of 2002 that “women averaged $555 per week while men got $839 and this was a larger gap than ten years earlier.” (‘The End of Equality’ / Summers A.)
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