Social Interdependence Theory: The Bases Of Gendered Power

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As indentified in ‘The Bases of Gendered Power’, ‘power’ is a dynamic relationship when “one basis power influences another”, according to intergroup relations theory states there are two types of power: where someone has control over the production of good and the second where an individual prevents people from accessing those resources. Interdependence theory depicts power as an uneven relationship where one person has more need of the other than vice versa, thus the person who is needed more has greater control over the other. While many do not always think about it power is definitely gendered as many of parts of it such as force, resource control, consensual ideologies, and a symmetric social obligation, have been used to reinforce gender …show more content…
While generally the men go off to work to earn wages to support his family, the women are often stuck with child-rearing and household work. Even the division is not equal while the men may contribute household chores on a once in a while basis women are constantly cleaning and simultaneously raising the kids, leaving her with no time to pursue anything else that may potentially interest her. Ideologies in culture also disadvantage women as it portray how woman should act, for example warm, nurturing, polite, etc., and women who often go against this gender norm are treated harshly in response. Since women are often seen as the caregivers they are often saddled with jobs that pertain to caring for another individual or child, which often controls their lives and restricts their independence to a great degree. Another aspect of this is women and their sexuality, while most cultures require women to be ‘pure’ as in to not have great amount of sex, it still expects women to appear appealing to men and submit to their sexual advances even though she will be judged for it by her peers later