Sex, Gender and Society In a reflective analysis of sex and gender in relation to society, the prevalent conception is that women have been the single prey of widespread gender stereotyping in the contemporary world. However, there have been several illumining research findings which underscore that is not the female gender alone who become victim to gender stereotyping, but males of particular societies are affected by the general gender stereotyping. Thus, in an important research analysis, Kathleen Phillips-Lewis summarises that “gender stereotyping has not only put pressure on our women but also on our men, who equally did not conform or fit in to pre-defined European male stereotypes.
It is not in keeping with the notion of machismo to do lots of things considered to be rooted within the female domain, like cry, show emotion, tend to babies. The fact of gender stereotyping therefore has put the spotlight back on the Caribbean male. (Lewis, 1994, p 76). In other words, it has become one of the most perceptible gendered realities that the men in the Caribbean territory are in crisis in the modern world and the Jamaican realities of gender regarding the marginalisation of black male substantiate the argument.
In fact, the marginalisation of black male in the Caribbean territory, especially in Jamaica, has emerged one of the pertinent discourses in the contemporary discourses of Sex, Gender and Society. “Central to this discourse is the notion that men are increasingly missing from the higher echelons of the family, the classroom and the labour force. The marginalization thesis prompts a variety of understandings. On the one hand, the increased presence of Jamaican women in education, the labour force and as household heads suggests that the nation’s traditional patriarchy is being reordered to produce a new female-dominated gender hierarchy. ” (Lindsay, 2002, p 56).
This paper undertakes a reflective analysis of the thesis, with reference to the territory of Jamaica, that Caribbean men are in crisis examining the relevance and accuracy of this argument and finding the most illumining recommendations as resolution. One of the salient recent developments in feminist and gender studies in the Caribbean region is the emergence of studies of masculinities and the most appealing argument, based on the marginalisation thesis, is that the Caribbean male is an endangered species.
There have been convincing data evidences and empirical supports to this significant argument by Lindsay, and the evidences from the education sector best substantiate the point.
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