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How do politics produce and reproduce the asymmetries of gender?

From an anthropological, political or sociological standpoint.

3 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    Politics is a tool for creating (producing) and reinforcing (reproducing) the cultural standards and acceptances of gender. For example, the military draft. Men were required to enter the draft, woman were not. The draft is a political issue, used for the enscription of people to protect a government/country. By stating that men are needed to perform in the military, it defines masculinity. That is, a big strong MAN is needed to point a 6 pound gun by cultural standards. Women are then defined by the political posters (Riviting Rita) as assisting in the military efforts but not able to perform in the same manners.

    The Equal Rights Amendment, which failed, would have redefined politically how gender and gender performance would be perceived. The failure to pass this amendment shows how asymmetrical gender perceptions are.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Politics does not produce or reproduce that which is an evolved variance. They may socialize it in strict construction or bring it in sharp relief or deny rights to the less powerful group. Politics does not produce or reproduce. You seem to be confused by some social science construct. A scientific standpoint.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I understand the words, but not the meaning of the question. I'll check back to see if anyone has a legit answer for this.

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