Material Girls

Material Girls: Why Reality Matters for Feminism

Non-Fiction, Education, Philosophy & Social Sciences, Social Sciences & Sociology, Social Sciences, Sociology
Hardback Published on: 06/05/2021
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Synopsis

Material Girls is a timely and trenchant critique of the influential theory that we all have an inner feeling known as a gender identity, and that this feeling is more socially significant than our biological sex. Professor Kathleen Stock surveys the philosophical ideas that led to this point, and closely interrogates each one, from De Beauvoir's statement that, 'One is not born, but rather becomes a woman' (an assertion she contends has been misinterpreted and repurposed), to Judith Butler's claim that language creates biological reality, rather than describing it. She looks at biological sex in a range of important contexts, including women-only spaces and resources, healthcare, epidemiology, political organization and data collection. Material Girls makes a clear, humane and feminist case for our retaining the ability to discuss reality, and concludes with a positive vision for the future, in which trans rights activists and feminists can collaborate to achieve some of their political aims.

  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • ISBN: 9780349726601
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Weight: 440g
  • Dimensions: 218 x 140 x 34 mm

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Material Girls
Balanced, thoughtful - and essential reading for today's feminists
I need to start my review with a disclaimer. First of all, this is not an academic review – simply my own personal response to the book. I would define my ... READ MORE
Deborah
Material Girls
A balanced view
I just think this is a book that needs to be read without prejudice.
Hannah Wauchope