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Theoretical Perspectives Affecting Us Today

Updated on November 27, 2017

For this blog entry, I will be explaining theoretical perspectives. I have learned that there are socialist that use theoretical perspectives to help explain gender and gender role themselves. Theoretical perspectives mean to me different theories that are being used in our society to help explain some issues that we have. There are some theoretical perspectives that are being used but the one that I am going to focus will be conflict perspective and feminist theory. The reason I chose those two is that I see them that they are like what the situation can be but they are different to what kind of group they are representing.

Conflict theory emphasizes on the social and inequality of social group that analyzes the broad of socio-political system. An example that I can think of for Conflict theory would be black lives matter, they are trying to advocate equality all racial group but there are other groups that may argue that there is already equality within all racial groups. Here is a link to a YouTube video that can help give a better understanding of conflict theory. The link that helps one understand better what the conflict is and how they are trying to resolve the issue of not being equal.

The next theory is feminist, the reason I chose feminist is that women are just trying to have the same equality as men do. The feminist theory is semi-similar to conflict theory, the reason to that is because they are both fighting for equality but feminism focus more and specifically in women trying to get equality and being able to do the same things that men can do now. An example that I can think of would be women joining the military in combat arms. I do understand that women want to serve this country and fight what it stands to be free but women are more upset that they are not able to join the service where it’s in the front lines. I believe that if women want to do that then they should be able to do so, but the problem is that women are not physically capable like men do, it is just in our body that is body is built differently.

why women should not be on the front lines, MCA&F. (2017, September 07) has stated that as women get older the body loses it strength and becomes weak which will cause them to be unable to keep up with the training. The military itself can be very physically demanding and on top of the job that asks for more, it can cause the body to wear down.

The first article that I am going to use is by Sargent, N., Picard, C., & Jull, M. (2011), is trying to help the concept of conflict to be seen and used more in a positive manner. They want people to understand and use the conflict theory to help understand the issue and help solve rather than just stating the issue without any solutions.

In the next article by Allen, K., & Jaramillo-Sierra, R. (2015), is using the family dynamic as an example of the feminist theory. The family dynamic is two heterosexual people who decide to have a family, which the male is usually the one that goes out to provide for the family and the female stays at home to help with nurturing the children. They bring up different things that can break this standard family dynamic stereotype by suggesting homosexuals and bring up the fact of women providing and men staying at home helping with the children. As seen in the definitions and the articles that we can see that conflict and feminist theory are similar but they are focusing on specific groups that are asking for equality in society.


Allen, K., & Jaramillo-Sierra, R. (2015). Feminist Theory and Research on Family Relationships: Pluralism and Complexity. Sex Roles, 73(3), 93-99.

C. (2016, September 28). How Black Lives Matter Is Bringing Back Traditional Marxism. Retrieved September 04, 2017, from

MCA&F. (2017, September 07). Retrieved September 04, 2017, from

Sargent, N., Picard, C., & Jull, M. (2011). Rethinking Conflict: Perspectives from the Insight Approach. Negotiation Journal, 27(3), 343-366.


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