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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 Old Configuration
The old configuration

In coining the concept of ‘gender’ so many years ago now, anglophone feminism did what it probably least expected to do: it ended up – rather curiously – sharing a genealogy with its opponents. Since the eighteenth century, a separation had been taking shape between the cultural and social characteristics deemed proper to the sexes and the admixture of corporeal features which were assumed to accompany them, a separation whose intent had been to ground the former in the latter. As an attempt to clarify and secure the difference between two social categories, ‘women’ and ‘men’ (and, arguably, the relations of superordination and subordination that were enmeshed in it) it sought to make the body the ontological ground of the ...

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