Sex and gender: a critical realist approach

Autumn 2005

The article explores the mobilisation of critical realism to defend the distinction between sex and gender that is suggested by second wave feminism. New suggests ways to understand sexual differences in humans, particularly through examining the works of Judith Butler and the issues they raise regarding the sex/gender distinction. The critical realist account of sex/gender, argues New, relies on stratified and causal ideas on the subject, which would be unacceptable to postmodern feminism.

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