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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