Gender Disparities And Social Inequality

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Intersectionality is a conceptual tool used primarily for analyzing key differences in various environments and situations. Feminists use this term to critically analyze the patterns of oppression that interlock with multiple identities, such as social inequality in its complex forms. Bromley, in her writing, explains that the societal categories that define one 's identity and status quo further enables the development of hierarchies, and unearned privilege. Identity markers such as gender, sex, class, and race are socially constructed factors that further put up barriers of inclusion and exclusion for the individuals of society. In order to explain the root of the problem or offer a solution to eliminate these constructive barriers, one must …show more content…
The central concept of this category is power, which is used, and abused to rob people of their rightful opportunities. A great example that demonstrates the meaning of power within society is that power is zero-sum. Simply put, power is limited, and not everyone is subject attain it. For instance, the person who gets the larger piece of the pie appears to automatically have power above people with smaller pieces. Bromley argues that we have programmed ourselves into believing that this is the norm. Furthermore, this type of ideology paves the road that outlines the guidelines of the types of membership in society, resulting in inclusion for some and exclusion for others, based on their differences. For instance, if men wore dresses, and women wore tuxedo’s during formal events or gatherings, society would look down upon them and exclude them. From an intersectionist point of view, it is clear that in order to be socially accepted/included, one’s gender must correspond to their sexuality. High social solidarity causes us to think this way, but what we fail to understand is that this is just a myth, and thus a matter of perception which is influenced from society’s pre-historical values. Critical self-reflection in this case allows us to change our perception and understand our outline for exclusion and inclusion, why we assign …show more content…
The correlation of these categories either becomes a bias for inclusion or exclusion, since they determine if one is able-bodied or disabled, male or female, heterosexual or homosexual, among many other discriminatory factors. These concepts are woven into social customs and historical processes that create and reinforce hierarchies of privilege. Bromley, throughout her writing effectively describes how these rigid binaries intersect each other, and whether one falls in, out or in between, it is bound to affect one in the sense of the oppressor or the oppressed. To successfully eliminate these socially constructed divisions, society must first understand them acurately, using concepts like intersectionality, hierarchies of privilege, and unearned privilege to identify and create solutions, and create social

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