Faculty Publications

Title

Making Sexism Visible: Birdcages, Martians, and Pregnant Men

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Teaching Sociology

Volume

34

Issue

2

First Page

126

Last Page

142

Abstract

This paper offers six strategies for dealing with students’ resistance to learning about the oppression of women: making the familiar strange, substituting race for sex, distinguishing between intentions and consequences, imagining men in women's bodies, exposing students’ claims of equal gender oppression as false parallels, and analyzing some of women's desires as instances of false power. These teaching strategies, along with Marilyn Frye's (1983) metaphor of oppression as a birdcage consisting of systematically related wires, provide a framework for pre-empting or responding to students’ resistance. © 2006, American Sociological Association. All rights reserved.

Original Publication Date

1-1-2006

DOI of published version

10.1177/0092055X0603400203

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