Challenging the assumption of “maternal instinct”

Being a mother is not something all women instinctively want. Rather, motherhood is something that some women actively and consciously choose. Motherhood should be recognised as a difficult, consciously chosen path that deserves celebration and respect, rather than a biological default that all women are destined to succumb to. Dr Blackstone for The Huffington Post. 

The rise of the effeminate male pop star: a blow to patriarchy?

Three sociologists discuss whether effeminate men truly erode the system of patriarchy, or merely reinforce a different kind of masculinity. K-pop and J-pop stars practice the aesthetics of high-class masculinity by wearing eyeliner, pink lip-gloss and skinny pants. They are beloved by their female fans as gentle “flower boys”. However, some of these “genderless” Japanese … More The rise of the effeminate male pop star: a blow to patriarchy?

What is “toxic masculinity”?

Sociologist CJ Pascoe argues that “toxic masculinity” – men’s problematic gender practices entailing violence, sexual aggression, emotional repression and dominance – is not just a quality of an individual man. Rather, toxic masculinity is a system in which we all participate. From the wordpress blog, “Gender and Society”. 

Ruth Hubbard on how the social influences the physical

“If a society puts half its children into short skirts and warns them not to move in ways that reveal their panties, while putting the other half into jeans and overalls and encouraging them to climb trees, play ball, and participate in other vigorous outdoor games; if later, during adolescence, the children who have been … More Ruth Hubbard on how the social influences the physical

Why did Singapore need a women’s rights organisation?

In the early 1980s, to increase the birth rate, the government ran a series of campaigns using slogans such as: “Are you giving men the wrong idea?” “Life will be lonely without a family. Don’t leave it too late.” The suggestion that women’s primary role was of wife and mother left a sour taste for … More Why did Singapore need a women’s rights organisation?