Viewpoint: Sex Versus Gender

Viewpoint: Sex Versus Gender

by Loretta A. Kane, former Vice President-Action

I have great concerns about the trend to embrace gender – both as a term and as the foundation of a political movement. My primary opposition is that gender is nothing more than an arbitrary social construct, the sole purpose of which is to keep women in subservient roles.

According to Merriam-Webster, gender is “the behavioral, cultural, or psychological traits typically associated with one sex” – while sex is defined as “either of the two major forms of individuals that occur in many species and that are distinguished respectively as female or male.” In other words, gender is subjective. Sex is biological.

While Gertrude Stein might argue that “a rose is a rose is a rose,” I believe that the difference between sex and gender is of paramount importance to women and the feminist movement. Further, the new “gender rights movement” – which is touted by many as the logical next step in the so-called post-feminist era – will, ultimately, hurt women.

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5 Responses to Viewpoint: Sex Versus Gender

  1. FCM says:

    holy shit this is awesome. thanks!

  2. FCM says:

    this is from 2001???

  3. FCM says:

    i shouldve known this wouldve never been printed today. the date at the top of your post threw me mary. i thought this was published 4/13/12.

  4. Mary Sunshine says:

    I know! Can’t remember where I found this …probably somebody else’s blog, or tumblr, even twitter. It’s a raging torrent of digital madness out there with the occasional flash of an historical diamond.

    It’s a lesson to us, eh? How, over the last ten years, women have been forced into a denial of the reality of femalebiology as something that is entirely different from “jendah”.

  5. KittyBarber says:

    Thanks, Mary. We’ve been saying these things since the early 1970’s; since Sandy Stone came on the scene at Olivia Records, and Renee Richards wanted to win at Wimbledon. Men in drag are men in drag; the technicians–excuse me, PHYSICIANS–have made it a tad more convincing, but they are who they are who they are.
    “Rose is a rose is a piano.” –Gertrude Steinway

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