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Sex, Gender, and the Body What Is a Woman?

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ISBN-10: 0199276226

ISBN-13: 9780199276226

Edition: 2004 (Student Manual, Study Guide, etc.)

Authors: Toril Moi

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This affordable, compact edition, designed specially for use in university courses, consists of two of the most celebrated essays from Toril Moi's highly-acclaimed What Is a Woman?What is a woman? Does it make sense to think of a woman as the combination of sex and gender? Is 'I am a woman' the same kind of declaration as 'I am a man'? What does it mean to speak 'as a woman'? In these essays Moi rethinks the contribution of Simone de Beauvoir to feminist theory, and shows that The Second Sex, properly read, offers inspiring solutions to urgent contemporary problems. By suggesting that we think of the body as a situation, the first essay offers a seriouschallenge to dominant poststructuralist theories of sex and gender. The second essay investigates the place of the personal in theory. What is the status of references to personal experiences, or to one's person (one's race, sex, sexuality, ethnicity, nationality) in theoretical debates? Both essays provide, in vividand compelling detail, a third way for feminism, beyond the current stalemate between essentialism and constructionism. This is a major and truly original contribution to feminist theory.
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Book details

List price: $42.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/10/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

A Note on the Text
What Is a Woman? Sex, Gender and the Body in Feminist Theory
Introduction
Biology and Social Norms
Sex and Gender in the 1960s and 1970s
The Poststructuralist Picture of Sex and Gender
'The Body is a Situation': Simone de Beauvoir
Does It Make a Difference? Sex, Gender and the Law
Afterword: The Point of Theory
'I Am a Woman': The Personal and the Philosophical
Introduction
Contemporary Theory
The Second Sex
Some Concluding Thoughts
Works Cited
Index