Asses the extent to which some sociologists claim husbands and wives now have equal relationships - page 5
Keywords: Equality Egalitarian Sexism Sexes Male Female Husband Wife
By roshooo on 10/06/2010
Level: A Level (Year 12) / AS LevelPage Number: 5 of 5 pages: 1 2 3 4 5
have. Many people argue that it is unfair to say that domestic violence shows inequality towards women because, obviously, abuse towards men is also common however as Kathryn Coleman et al (2007) found, women are much more likely to experience all kinds of abuse such as sexual abuse, physical abuse and partner abuse. Mirrless-Black found that nearly 1 in 4 women have been abused by their partner at some stage in their life in 1 in 8 repeatedly so. Dobash and Dobash (1979) see marriage as a way to legitimise violence between partners and claim that domestic violence stems from men feeling their authority has been challenged by their wives and feel the need to reinstate their masculinity by forcing their authority on their wives in the form of violence.
It is blatant that there is no clear cut answer as to whether husbands and wives now have a relationship based on equality however it impossible to deny that strides have been made in attempting to create a more egalitarian relationship between the sexes. Sociologists such as Young, Willmott, Gershuny and Sullivan have outlined the positive factors with heterosexual marriages however the overriding evidence suggests that inequality has been sustained and there is still a long way to go before sociologists can verify that equality exists indefinitely.