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Power Relationships Between Men and Women


***** power relationships between men and wo***** are as old ***** man and *****man themselves. Throughout history the balance of power has sometime subtly, ********** dramatically, shifted in favor of one gender or the other.

Some believe that the power relationship stems from societal and cultural concerns. Those in power, specifically men, control ***** institutions that perpetuate this power, ***** as such, ***** the majority of social resources. It is a self-perpetuating situation where ***** begets more power, and the opposite sex, specifically women, is relegated to an inferior status.

*****, however, believe that the balance of power being unequal is a matter ***** biology and evolution, and ***** control of social institutions and resources is nothing more than a result of this natural tendency, not a sep*****rate entity of its own.

The control of aspects such as education, business and the media are only natural progressions ***** inborn male and female behavior. ***** are dominant in the world simply because that is how nature *****tended it ***** be, not ***** they've oppressed women for generations.

Whether natural or societal-built, power ***** are the gender contracts that determine roles, responsibilities, privileges, status, sexuality ***** ***** of men and women within households, communities, the market and the state. Gender contracts shape social, economic, political ***** sexual *****s in what people often refer to as 'our culture'. Various ***** contracts constitute a gender system (e.g. patriarchy ***** matriarchy) under which general rules, perceptions, hierarchies and ***** are formulates, refined and preserved (Kalabamu 245).

This paper will investigate these power relationships and present the opposing viewpoints of just who is in the position of power, with ***** current ***** contracts.

Men Still Rule the Roost:

Despite ***** struggles of generations of women, in America ***** many other parts of the world, according to feminists, women are still the oppressed gender. According to Arslanian-Engoren, ********** are still biases ***** marginalize women, and in fact, these biases are so significant, they negatively impact women's healthcare, result*****g in healthcare disparities between men and women.

***** and knowledge are not the same thing, however they are mutually dependent on one a*****her. Therefore without knowledge, power cannot be initiated. Feminists theorize that it is man that holds the key to ***** in society today; therefore, power naturally follows. Arslanian-Engoren notes that only by acquiring new scientific knowledge, in this case ***** concerning ***** healthcare, and reframing the parameters of women's healthcare, can women strive to achieve a more eg*****litarian and equitable balance in ***** power relationship.

***** is not only ***** the ***** arena ***** men ***** find themselves at an adv*****tage, despite decades of efforts ***** the contrary. Higher education too sees women sorely *****-represented in the higher strata ***** ***** education, ***** women's movements, policy initiatives and enhanced participation. "Power structures of higher ***** persist and graft ***** onto the ***** concept of the learning *****. Notions ***** leadership, superiority, and academic excellence continue to be characterized as masculine"


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