Consequences of inequality in the family

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  • Consequences of inequality in the family
    • Effects of housework& childcare on women's careers
      • Surveys- Women limited in jobs they can do
      • Family commitments allow little opportunity to progress in careers
      • Three- quarters of part-time workers are women
      • Inequalities in employment
        • Women who have children-seen as unreliable
        • Women temporarily leave jobs to have children- miss out on greater pay& promotions
        • Mainly women who have to leave their jobs
        • Gatrell (2004)- found women that go back to their jobs- "jelly-heads" - no option but to accept downgraded position
      • Challenges the Functionalists& New right "cereal family" stereotype
      • Family unit can be a dangerous and hostile place
      • Growing privatization- Lead to emotional stress
      • Domestic violence
        • 1 in 4 women, will suffer from DM
        • 80% committed by men
        • Female victims of DM will suffer an average of 35-7 assaults for average period of 7 years before informing agency
        • Two-thirds of victims of DM don't seek help- Afraid, ashamed /private matter
      • Rape in marriage
        • 1 in 4 women have been raped- 95% never reported
        • Three- quarters of rape take place at home
        • 1 in 5 suffer phyycial injury
      • Feminist explanations for DM
        • RF- DM as a means for men to exercise patriarchal power, state of submission
        • MF- Social deprivation, culture of violence (lower status of women)
        • Ganley (1995)- Women's inequality in society, essentially showing women whose in charge
        • DM has it's roots in structual inequalities


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