chapter  9
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Women, sex, and class

It is no longer unusual to note that the relationship of women or sex to certain basic sociological phenomena has tended to be regarded as irrelevant or non-problematic. 'Women and class' is no exception. As recently as 1972 a respected sociologist was able to make, merely in passing, the following unqualified remark:

Let me, in a higgledy-piggledy way, list some obvious points. Women are ambiguous: they may do more than men to sustain the ideology of class, and yet it is clear that they are, even when 'gainfully employed' less central to social classes than are men (MacRae, 1972, p. 209).