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Unformatted text preview: female, on the basis of the assumed superiority of the other sex. An example of sexism is the statement "a woman's place is in the home." Feminism Feminism is both the belief that social equality should exist between the sexes and the social movement aimed at achieving that goal. Feminism is based on the philosophy that biology is not destiny. Patriarchy Patriarchy refers to a society or group in which men have power over women. Origins of Patriarchy Henslin (2008:262) contends that patriarchy is tied to the "social consequences of reproduction." He notes that historically, life was short which required the production of many babies. This fact had serious consequences for women because only women could become pregnant, carry a child, give birth and nurse children. Henslin (2008:262) suggests that because women of child care duties, women "assumed tasks associated with home and child care."...
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