Assess the view that marriage remains a patriarchal institutionWatch
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- Women are expected to take the man's surname in marriage, and stigmatised if they don't. (Gillam -- "Perfect equality - my husband keeps his name and I keep mine – is held as a statement of superiority on my part.")
- The dark side of the family - domestic violence in marriage (use any statistics you have about the majority of domestic violence cases being violence against women - a criticism of this point can then be that there are cases of men being abused by their wives).
- Mention feminist sociologists, explain this is a feminist perspective, etc. You can always criticise the view that marriage is still patriarchal by contrasting radical and liberal views (liberal feminists = march of progress = marriage is becoming less of a patriarchal institution).
- Fran Ansley: said women are "takers of ****" in marriage, absorbing men's frustration of capitalism. (Marxist view.)
- Marriage forces women into domestic/expressive roles. ('Expressive roles' - Parsons)
Marriage as a posititive institution:
- Functionalist sociologists would argue marriage to be positive, and so would New Right (New Right say marriage means fewer single parent/"broken" families.)
- Marriage for same-sex couples is legal now, and same-sex marriages don't bear the same fixed gender scripts (there's a study on same-sex couples and housework, I think -- basically, same-sex couples are more likely to share domestic tasks equally, so women in lesbian marriages aren't being oppressed). These marriages aren't patriarchal.
This is just what I can remember from last year, so I mightn't be that helpful, sorry