Feminist Perspective

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Feminists’ say that education emasculates women, rather than the working class as marxists say. This is because of gender inequalities within school which lead to inequalities in society. Feminists say this happens in several ways:

  • Gender stereotypes - reading schemes show gender differences, for example: girls are shown as more caring and are followers, whilst boys are shown as more adventurous and stronger.
  • Gendered Roles - the curriculum shows Parsons sexual division of labour, reinforcing the idea that men should be working and women caring for the family. Feminists feel that this is emasculating
  • Gendered Language - School textbooks tend too always…


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