Critically discuss the ways in which gender and/or sexuality combine with ageing or age to affect life chances in contemporary Britain. By Jessica Blenman
Intro• In my intro I thought it was necessary to define the terms used in the question.• It was important to do this as terms such as gender and sexuality can be understood in different ways.• Gender- can be understood as a division between humans into two categories…• Sexuality- is something attached to bodies that represent a quality of being and ability to be sexual/ property of self-identity.• I finished the intro by relating back to the question of gender/sexuality combined with age and also the importance of understanding the context of the question- in this case we are talking from the perspective of a Western society.
Main Body• 1st para focuses on ageing. Highlights the fact that ageing does not just apply to the old but also the young. Addresses the impact ageism has on youths vs elderly and concludes that although ageing is biological, it is not understood or experienced in the same way universally.• 2nd para continues its focus on youths but addresses the alternating life chances in relation to gender, ethnicity and sexuality. It is concluded that young females seem to have better opportunities then males in contemporary Britain.• 3rd and 4th para moves to the elderly and addresses the slightly under- examined influence that ethnicity has on the old, specifically in Britain. As well as this a comparison is made between the development of the elderly according to gender.
Main Points (contd.)• 5th para addresses the elderly’s involvement in society and the stigma that is attached to them eg. “waste of space” vs “Third Age” and aiding society through family help.• 6th para highlights the differences of ageing between sexualities. Gay men tend to age a lot faster then lesbians and heterosexuals.• 7th para reaffirms the importance of considering cultural differences associated with ageing and the possible conclusion that Britain tends to represent ageing as an overall negative concept which differs to that of the Asian and African communities for example.
Conclusion• Round up and overall summary of what has been said in the essay and also a concluding viewpoint that addresses the original question and provides a clear understanding of how gender and sexuality affect life chances in ageing.