A GREAT ANALYSIS OF " RETHINKING SEX AND GENDER” (Christine Delphy) ~Saswati Subhra Dasjenige
About the writer
Christine Delphy (b. 1941) is a feminist, activist, sociologist, writer and theorist of French origins. She was an active participant of the Ladies Movement(Mouvement para Libération des Femmes named MLF). The lady challenged what the law states of the The french language Government in 2004, which in turn forbid Muslim girls to wear hijab in schools. She was the advocatte for Material Feminism. Along with Simone sobre Beauvoir, the lady co-founded the Nouvelles inquiries feministes(New Feminist Issues) in 1977. She was the proponent of Material Feminism, which is a major perspective of socialist feminism, linking a materialist method to gender contact. She therefore argues that, patriarchy and never capitalism, is the root cause of women's oppression.
Highlights from the paper
The misconception that, sex precedes gender complicates our understanding about the complete issue. We have to think beyond the binaries- be it sex or sexuality and identify the multiple possibilities, freedom & space to do so. Delphy continuously emphasises that, just like " gender”, " sex” is also a social construct and that sexual is a gendered category, that can be created to retain the gender structure. She tensions that, merely like- staying masculine or perhaps feminine will be determined socially, so also, being female or male is also decided socially. For the reason that the whole world can not be divided into two sexes on such basis as the rule of complementarity. It somewhat creates some form of hierarchy among the class of beings. It creates two classes-one which is prominent and the additional, which is focused. One which is definitely aggressive and assertive, as the other is gentle, placid and submissive. She says that gender precedes sex and it is used to legitimise the section and pecking order between the people.
Margaret Mead had done an anthropological study, called ' Sexual intercourse and temperament' on three different...
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