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.

Stories for Sexual Difference

Stories for sexual difference

The sense that veracity is a complex construct and that truths are operant features of the social world rather than statements conformable with reality sub specie aeternitas is perhaps the insight that lies behind Valerie Walkerdine and the Institute of Education's Girls and Mathematics Unit's chapter ‘The Truth about Girls’ in Counting Girls Out (1989). They argue, in a way which is similar to Laqueur's argument about the body, that ‘we don't think that finding the truth about girls and mathematics is possible’ (1989: 6). They state quite decisively that they ‘do not want to argue that current work on girls and mathematics is a false or pseudoscience and that what is needed is a feminist science, which ...

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