Femininity & Culture

Question 1: Agents of socialization in gender culture

In a family setting, young girls are tenderly treated when they cry while boys are treated quite roughly. Therefore, the family raises the daughter to be tender and the son to harden up (Social problems: Continuity and change, 2015). At school age, while boys play relatively complex and highly competitive games, girls engage in games that are simple and that encourage cooperation and build trust. Boys then grow up to a culture of competitiveness and while girls learn to be cooperative and trusting.

Question 2: Feminist traditions and social problems

Liberal feminism contends that for achievement of women equality, apt laws and reformations of socioeconomic and political institutions should be done. Socialist feminism pegs women’s inequality problems on capitalism, and believes they will only be mitigated or averted by basic alterations of social institutions or social revolutions (Social problems: Continuity and change, 2015). Conversely, radical feminism ascribes women inequality to male dominance, saying attainment of women rights is possible by abolishment of patriarchy entirely.

Question 3: Gender wage gap and age

Women in 20’s have less family responsibilities compared to older women. With age, a large number of women bear more children therefore increasing their family responsibilities. Their dedication to job is thus reduced in order to raise the children (Social problems: Continuity and change, 2015). They work for relatively lower number of hours compared to their male counterparts. With age, men are promoted to senior positions while their female counterparts could be promoted only up to some level.

Question 4: American Ideology of femininity

There is social stratification of races in the United States such that the non-white women are considered as of lower class than the white counterparts. The gap of income between non-white women and the white men is very wide. Women of African or Latin decent earn less than their white counterparts but way far from what the white men earn (Social problems: Continuity and change, 2015). Jobs are also categorized into classes; some jobs done by women could pay lower than jobs of relatively lesser worth done by men and yet men could earn more.