Gender inequality

Experimental visualization of narrower problems
Other Names:
Inequality between the sexes
Inequality between men and women
Inherent sex differences
Misguided social construction of gender
Sexual inequality
Gender gap

Gender inequality is the idea and situation that women and men are not equal. Gender inequality refers to unequal treatment or perceptions of individuals wholly or partly due to their gender. It arises from differences in (arguably socially constructed) gender roles. Gender systems are often dichotomous and hierarchical; gender binary systems may reflect the inequalities that manifest in numerous dimensions of daily life. Gender inequality stems from distinctions, whether empirically grounded or socially constructed.


Study of differences between the sexes should be terminated because such study inherently perpetuates sexual inequality.

Counter Claim:

There is an increasingly sophisticated body of knowledge on inherent sex differences, whether these are rooted in biology (hormonal role in aggression and nurturing behaviour; differences in brain structure) universal social necessity, or both. If, in the light of such studies, men and women are inherently different, then traditional society, in its broad lines, is natural. The claim that women are oppressed then evaporates and feminism stands revealed as an absurdity.

Problem Type:
C: Cross-sectoral problems
Date of last update
19.05.2015 – 12:14 CEST