Interactionist Feminism

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holding this over the heads of their more skittish female peers. This type of behavior results in more physical injuries to men than to women. Men who do not engage in risk taking behavior are typically belittled by their male peers and are socially exiled if the behavior persists. The authors also explain how risky behaviors in regards to one’s health are much more prevalent in men than women. Things such as drinking heavily, smoking and unsafe sex are considered male behaviors according to much of society. Men also tend to get into more physical altercations with others, as well as cause more damage to property than women. As such, females tend to have better health (and thus live longer on average) than men. Females tend to drink less heavily, …show more content…
This type of feminism focuses on how women are excluded from certain areas of society (such as public space). Even when women were allowed to have jobs other than in the home, they were contained to “female” type jobs such as nurses, caretakers and teachers. Within each of our societal institutions there are differing role expectations from men and women, these role expectations align with the ideas of masculinity and femininity. Interactionist feminism (as we learned in class) also aligns with the gendering of bodies through ideas about masculinity and femininity. Under this theory men and women are socialized to understand how to interact with one another differently. This aligns with the typical behaviors associated with masculinity and femininity. Women are expected to interact in a more modest and demure manner whereas men are expected to interact in a loud and more aggressive manner. Cultural feminism encompasses these aspects as well. Within this ideology we learn how to identify what is male and female. We are socialized to know what colors, objects, clothing types, actions, mannerisms and even linguistics are related to each gender. Mainstream society teaches us what to relate to males and what to relate to females, thus creating a difference in

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