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Sexual Equality, Discrimination, & Politics of Difference

A discussion on the nature of sexual equality and discrimination regarding social movements and the politics of difference. What is the politics of difference and what does it demand of social relations and political institutions.

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The politics of difference includes the idea that minorities gain political power by emphasizing their differences from majority power holders or the mainstream.

Ideological based arguments create clashes over terms such as identity politics and victimization as a source of moral power, a power that can then be used to gain legislative leverage in rewriting the laws that society abides by. Critics contend that minority groups are exploitative while supporters point out that they are simply correcting the wrongs of the past. This debate focuses on justice.

Many questions arise when discussing the actions of these group based claims. For example, what is the value of a minority group's differences? Race, class, gender, and sexuality all play a role in this debate. What forms of recognition and accommodation are appropriate ...

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A brief examination of how the differences of minority groups are emphasized through social movements to impact a culture and its laws.