Feminist perspectives on sex and gender

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2008)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

Feminism is the movement to end women’s oppression. One possible way to understand ‘woman’ in this claim is to take it as a sex term: ‘woman’ picks out human females and being a human female depends on various anatomical features (like genitalia). Historically many feminists have understood ‘woman’ differently: not as a sex term, but as a gender term that depends on social and cultural factors (like social position). In so doing, they distinguished sex (being female or male) from gender (being a woman or a man), although most ordinary language users appear to treat the two interchangeably. More recently this distinction has come under sustained attack and many view it nowadays with (at least some) suspicion. This entry (around 12 000 words in length) outlines and discusses distinctly feminist debates on sex and gender.

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 76,168

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Topics in Feminism.Nancy Tuana - 2004 - In Edward N. Zalta (ed.), The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. The Metaphysics Research Lab. pp. 1--22.
Sex, Gender, and Science.Myra J. Hird - 2004 - Palgrave-Macmillan.
Gender sceptics and feminist politics.Mari Mikkola - 2007 - Res Publica 13 (4):361-380.
Gender concepts and intuitions.Mari Mikkola - 2009 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 39 (4):pp. 559-583.
What is a Woman?: And Other Essays.Toril Moi - 1999 - Oxford University Press.
Reading transgender, rethinking women's studies.Cressida J. Heyes - 2000 - National Women's Studies Association Journal 12 (2):170-180.
Ontological Commitments, Sex and Gender.Mari Mikkola - 2011 - In Charlotte Witt (ed.), Feminist Metaphysics. Springer. pp. 67--83.

Analytics

Added to PP
2009-01-28

Downloads
662 (#13,727)

6 months
79 (#12,872)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Mari Mikkola
University of Amsterdam

Citations of this work

What Is Sexual Orientation?Robin A. Dembroff - 2016 - Philosophers' Imprint 16.
Moral Constraints on Gender Concepts.N. G. Laskowski - 2020 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 23 (1):39-51.
Doing Ontology and Doing Justice: What Feminist Philosophy Can Teach Us About Meta-Metaphysics.Mari Mikkola - 2015 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 58 (7-8):780-805.

View all 33 citations / Add more citations