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 Author: Holly Lawford-Smith  Category: General  Publisher: Oxford University Press  Published: July 19, 2022  Tags: Feminism & Feminist TheoryNonfiction Books |

In the rush to celebrate this new view of gender, we have lost sight of a more powerful challenge to the traditional orthodoxy, namely the feminist sex/gender distinction according to which sex is biological and gender is social. On this view, gender is something done to people on the basis of sex. Women are socialised to conform to norms of femininity (and sanctioned for failure), and masculinity and femininity exist in a hierarchy in which femininity is devalued. This view helps us to understand injustice against women, and what we can do about it.


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