The Metaphysics of Gender and Sexual Difference

Linda Martín Alcoff

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Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195137347
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199785773 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Feminist Philosophy

 							The Metaphysics of Gender and Sexual Difference

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This chapter focuses on women's specifically gendered identity and its basis in sexual difference. It argues that there are persuasive grounds for an objective rather than totally fluid account of sex categories, that objectivity does not require an escape from mediation in human knowledge or the ability to have “out of theory experiences”, and that the tendency for descriptive accounts to become prescriptive is a variable rather than uniform or absolute tendency and can be offset. The objective basis of sex categories is in the differential relationship to reproductive capacity between men and women, but a sexual categorization based on the biological division of reproductive labor does not establish a necessary link between reproduction beyond conception and heterosexuality.

Keywords: feminism; women; sexual differences; gender identity; reproduction; conception; heterosexuality

Chapter.  14622 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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