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The central argument of this book is that the sex//gender distinction is invalid and must be transcended. To this end, the work of Foucault, Connell, Goffman, Garfinkel, Butler, Freud, Derrida, Saussure, Lacquer and Kessler and McKenna is woven into a rich and compelling set of arguments. The sex//gender distinction is attacked for producing a series of irresolvable traps. However much one tries to think one's way out of the dichotomy, one ends up being suckered back into its imponderables and blind alleys. The book attempts to comprehensively reorientate the field and redefine the terrain.

The Texture of the World
The texture of the world

‘Sex’ and ‘gender’ have by now acquired the comforting ring of familiarity – at least in the Anglo-Saxon world. So much so that questioning them seems like questioning the very texture of the world. It is not only that a wide range of politico-social discourses have come to depend upon the distinction, it is that what it describes has become veritably commonsensical. Going against the grain, as we will in this book, therefore runs the risk of appearing perverse and counter-intuitive. For what we shall be arguing is that what we have called elsewhere ‘the sex/gender problematic’ (Cealey Harrison and Hood-Williams 1997, Hood-Williams and Cealey Harrison 1998), although enormously productive for over a quarter of a ...

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