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Resistance and backlash to gender equality

Flood, M, Dragiewicz, M and Pease, B ORCID: 0000-0002-1590-6222 2020 , 'Resistance and backlash to gender equality' , Australian Journal of Social Sciences , doi: 10.1002/ajs4.137.

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Abstract

Resistance to efforts to advance gender equality is a commonfeature of social life, whether in workplaces and otherorganisations or elsewhere. In this article, we review thetypical character, dynamics of and contexts for resistanceto gender equality measures. Resistance is an inevitable,although undesirable, response to efforts at progressivesocial change. Backlash and resistance to gender equalitytake common forms including: denial of the problem, disavowalof responsibility, inaction, appeasement, co-optionand repression. Resistance may be individual or collective,formal or informal. Pushback against gender equality measurescomes more often from members of the privilegedgroup (men) than the disadvantaged group (women). Resistanceis a predictable expression of the defence of institutionalisedprivilege, but it is also shaped by widespreaddiscourses on “sex roles” and “post-feminism,” the methodsadopted to advance gender equality and the contexts inwhich they take place. Understanding the character anddynamics of resistance and backlash is vital for preventingand reducing them.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Flood, M and Dragiewicz, M and Pease, B
Keywords: backlash, feminism, gender, masculinity, privilege
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Journal of Social Sciences
Publisher: Open Knowledge Australia Pty Ltd.
ISSN: 2202-2066
DOI / ID Number: 10.1002/ajs4.137
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