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Assessing Issues of Gender in Social Work Practice: An Overview of the De-feminization of the Female
A better question would be to ask what we as a society can do to ensure that gender equality is not just an issue about men and women, but also an issue about the quality of humanity.
“Every woman is birth-defective, an imperfect male begotten because her father happened to be ill, weakened, or in a state of sin at the time of her conception.” ~ St. Thomas Aquinas
Simone de Beauvoir’s influential work, entitled The Second Sex, made mainstream society aware of women’s rejection of the theories upon which her development and socialization were based. Through de Beauvoir’s eyes we are privy to her perceptions of the injustices facing women, especially as women attempt to make their way in a male-dominated world. Her social criticisms range from the effects of socialization on female stereotypes and social norms to the imbalance of gender roles and patriarchal psychological theories on female development. She takes particular issue with Sigmund Freud’s classical, psychoana…
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