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Resistance and backlash to gender equality


Flood, M and Dragiewicz, M and Pease, B, Resistance and backlash to gender equality, Australian Journal of Social Sciences ISSN 2202-2066 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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2020 Australian Social Policy Association

DOI: doi:10.1002/ajs4.137


Resistance to efforts to advance gender equality is a common feature of social life, whether in workplaces and other organisations or elsewhere. In this article, we review the typical character, dynamics of and contexts for resistance to gender equality measures. Resistance is an inevitable, although undesirable, response to efforts at progressive social change. Backlash and resistance to gender equality take common forms including: denial of the problem, disavowal of responsibility, inaction, appeasement, co-option and repression. Resistance may be individual or collective, formal or informal. Pushback against gender equality measures comes more often from members of the privileged group (men) than the disadvantaged group (women). Resistance is a predictable expression of the defence of institutionalised privilege, but it is also shaped by widespread discourses on "sex roles" and "post-feminism," the methods adopted to advance gender equality and the contexts in which they take place. Understanding the character and dynamics of resistance and backlash is vital for preventing and reducing them.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:backlash, feminism, gender, masculinity, privilege
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Social work
Research Field:Social work not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Indigenous
Objective Group:Pacific Peoples community services
Objective Field:Pacific Peoples community services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Pease, B (Professor Bob Pease)
ID Code:143033
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2021-02-23
Last Modified:2021-05-19

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