Rethinking Sex And Gender
Rethinking Sex And Gender

Rethinking Sex And Gender

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She was the proponent of Material Feminism, which is a radical perspective of socialist feminism, linking a materialist approach to gender relations. She thus argues that, patriarchy and not capitalism, is the root cause of women’s oppression. Highlights of the paper The misconception that, sex precedes gender complicates our understanding about the whole issue. We have to think beyond the binaries- be it sex or gender and identify the multiple possibilities, freedom ; space to do so.

Delphi continuously emphasizes that , Just like “gender” , “sex” is also a social construct and hat sex is a gendered category, which has been created to retain the gender hierarchy. She stresses that, Just like- being masculine or feminine are determined socially, so also, being male or female is also determined socially. It is because the whole world can’t be divided into 2 sexes on the basis of the principle of complementarily. It rather creates some kind of hierarchy among the class of beings. It creates two classes-one which is dominating and the other, which is dominated.

One which is aggressive and assertive, while the other is gentle , docile and submissive. She says that gender precedes sex and is used to legitimate the division and hierarchy between the sexes. Margaret Mead had conducted an anthropological study, named ‘ Sex and temperament’ on three different tribes of British New Guiana. The aim of the study was to find out the influence of culture on attributes and traits attached to both the sexes. She found that, in the

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Mount Reapers tribe, both sexes were effeminate- docile, gentle, loving, who loved to take care of children and did household work.

In case of the Mudroom tribe, both sexes were hostile and aggressive. The Attachable tribe’s women were powerful, confident and assertive, while its men were confused and sentimental by nature. Delphi strongly critiqued Mead,because the latter considers division of labor as being natural and doesn’t question the hierarchy between the sexes. Mead just talks about the temperamental differences between men and women across cultures, out, considers ten Dollar Loves AT ten unman unless , essential Tort ten civilization and society. Delphi has appreciated the work of Mira Summarizes, Viola Klein and Alva

Myriad,as they talked about ‘sex roles’ for the very first time and thus, the division of labor and hierarchy between the sexes was considered to be socio-culturally constructed and not natural. At last, Delphi says that, we have to imagine a non-gendered world, in order to think objectively about sex and gender. Main message of the paper Gender precedes sex. Gender and sex are both social constructs, influenced by culture to a great extent. In order to end the hierarchy, we must dare to think beyond the binaries of sex and gender and imagine and accommodate multiple possibilities

My Viewpoint This paper introduced me to a whole new set of ideas. It is well-argued and significantly contributed to my understanding of sex and gender and the ascribed roles , which create hierarchy and division between the sexes.

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