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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 serious challenge 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 vivid and 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.
|1||What is a woman? : sex, gender and the body in feminist theory|
|I||Biology and social norms||10|
|II||Sex and gender in the 1960s and 1970s||21|
|III||The poststructuralist picture of sex and gender||30|
|IV||'The body is a situation' : Simone de Beauvoir||59|
|V||Does it make a difference? : sex, gender and the law||83|
|Afterword : the point of theory||112|
|2||'I am a woman' : the personal and the philosophical|
|II||The second sex||169|
|III||Some concluding thoughts||245|