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This chapter reveals how conjugal relationships over the three cohorts changed from patriarchal relationships towards egalitarian partnerships. Being satisfied with their stable and secure livelihood, the men in this study revealed their sense of superiority as fully-fledged men and workers over freeters. Thus the ideology of ideal masculinity associated with an economic provider maintains its force in particular, amongst those who embody hegemonic masculinity. As the imported term sekuhara indicates, its alien character meant that sexual harassment was still an unfamiliar concept for many participants in this study. Patriarchy is "an important dimension of the structuring of modern societies" and of contemporary reality that shapes men's and women's different lives and opportunities. In the context of work, men in this study benefited from the patriarchal dividend - "the advantage men in general gain from the overall subordination of women" in their organisations.

Keywords: conjugal relationships; egalitarian partnerships; hegemonic masculinity; patriarchal relationships; sexual harassment



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