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1 Summary 1 – Connell Summary R.W. Connell makes three pivotal points within her article, “Change among the Gatekeepers”, regarding gender equality in the global arena. First Connell argues that men are the gatekeepers to equality between the two. This is because men have access to resources, authority, and skills that may be important in social change. Males are thus gatekeepers for gender equality. Whether they are willing gatekeepers who will support practical reforms, is an important question. The point is that men who believe in gender equality can do a great deal. Second, Connell discusses the diversity of masculinities and the male movements worldwide. On one side homosexual men are mobilizing in antidiscrimination campaigns and in community responses to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The complete opposite would be conservative religious organizations (Christian, Islamic, and Buddhist), controlled by men, that sometimes completely ignore women. The same organizations have often been used as a means to oppose the emancipation of women. At the same time, “transnational media organizations, such as ideology,” and “neoliberalism can function as a form of masculinity politics largely because of the powerful role of the state in gender role as well.” Lastly, Connell states that we now have a more sophisticated and detailed scientific understanding of issues about men, masculinities, and gender that ever before,” (Connells p. 362). It just might be possible that gender equality might someday become
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This note was uploaded on 10/23/2011 for the course SOC 169 taught by Professor Maryan during the Spring '10 term at UC Riverside.

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