Implications For Change

Cecilia L. Ridgeway

in Framed by Gender

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199755776
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894925 | DOI:
Implications For Change

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This chapter considers whether the use of gender as a primary frame for social relations makes gender inequality unstoppable. Automatic sex categorization is unlikely to decline. However, the risk of repeatedly re-creating inequality with the gender frame could be overcome by eroding diffuse gender status beliefs, equalizing specific gender status beliefs, and reducing gender's contextual relevance. Such changes in cultural beliefs about gender depend on ongoing material change driven by economic and technological developments, women's own efforts, and legal and cultural pressures for universalism. Change in inequality and gender beliefs is iterative, building on previous change, and uneven. Equality is achievable but will require the concerted efforts of people.

Keywords: gender equality; sex categorization; diffuse status beliefs; specific status beliefs; material change; gender relevance

Chapter.  4675 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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