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Traditional social science models of class groups in the [#permalink] New post 30 Jul 2005, 01:43
Traditional social science models of class groups in the United States are based on economic status and assume that women's economic status derives from association with men, typically fathers or husbands, and that women therefore have more compelling common interest with men of their own economic class than with women outside it. Some feminist social scientists, by contrast, have argued that the basic division in American society is instead based on gender, and that the total female population, regardless of economic status, constitutes a distinct class. Social historian Mary Ryan, for example, has argued that in early-nineteenth-century America the identical legal status of working-class and middle-class free women outweighed the differences between women of these two classes: married women, regardless of their family's wealth, did essentially the same unpaid domestic work, and none could own property or vote. Recently, though, other feminist analysts have questioned this model, examining ways in which the condition of working-class women differs from that of middle-class women as well as from that of working-class men. Ann Oakley notes, for example, that the gap between women of different economic classes widened in the late nineteenth century: most working-class women, who performed wage labor outside the home, were excluded from the emerging middle-class ideal of femininity centered around domesticity and volunteerism.

It can be inferred from the passage that the most recent feminist social science research on women and class seeks to do which of the following?
A Introduce a divergent new theory about the relationship between legal status and gender
B Illustrate an implicit middle-class bias in earlier feminist models of class and gender
C Provide evidence for the position that gender matters more than wealth in determining class status
D Remedy perceived inadequacies of both traditional social science models and earlier feminist analyses of class and gender
E Challenge the economic definitions of class used by traditional social scientists

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 [#permalink] New post 01 Aug 2005, 23:35
Since nobody is interested in the question now (or maybe I formatted it wrongly?), I'll post OA for 'future generations' in case I forget.
OA is D (in white color)
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Guys, how would you explain the answer to this question?
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2007, 19:19
OA is D..

I shouldnt be the one talking because of my horrible RC skills but here is my exlpanation..

The last few lines describe how these feminist came up with something new that condemned what was earlier proposed by both the groups. the new theor y added a new dimension saying that the economic disparity was neither just because of gender, nor because of economic status of men and women in the same group .... something along these lines..
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Re: [#permalink] New post 09 Jan 2013, 04:08
bewakoof wrote:
OA is D..

I shouldnt be the one talking because of my horrible RC skills but here is my exlpanation..

The last few lines describe how these feminist came up with something new that condemned what was earlier proposed by both the groups. the new theor y added a new dimension saying that the economic disparity was neither just because of gender, nor because of economic status of men and women in the same group .... something along these lines..


How does it condemn the traditional theory?? ... i went for A... POE ...
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