Sociology and Gender Relations


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Sociology and Gender Relations
1)Adrienne Rich, in “Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence,” refers to heterosexuality repeatedly as an “institution”. As this essay will argue, Rich makes this designation based on her analysis of heterosexuality not as a gender role as a social and political construct, associated with patriarchy and capitalism, with the power to define acceptable social behaviours and enforce adherence to those behaviours. As will be seen, MacKinnon’s argument with respect to sexuality being a construction of male sexuality and male power complements Rich’s thesis and may be readily integrated. In conclusion, speculative suggestions will be discussed with reference to Rich’s possibly ambiguous reactions to...
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