Social Hierachies

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    • Refers to your social status and how close to the bottom or top that you rank
      • Social stratification - individuals ranked in terms of their perceived value to society
    • Still in society women often hold a lower social position than men
      • For example in jobs, you expect a boss to be a man, with his assistant a female
    • Where have they stemmed from?
      • Apes - men fight each other, the women take care of children
      • Could have stemmed from Adam and Eve
      • Greek medical - womb floats around female body so women are irrational and incapable of ruling themselves
        • the word 'hysterical' comes from this - so if you are acting hysterically you are acting like a woman

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