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Understanding Gender

Rinita Mazumdar (Author) Simone Brackett (Author)
Synopsis In everyday life we are taught the gender and sexuality is biological. Such construction of the biological nature of gender and sexuality neglects the power relation involved in both. Once such power relations are brought to the forefront, the nature of “gender” and “sexuality” reveal themselves as cultural constructs. Power creates and normalizes a set of human gender and sexual behavior as “normal” thereby also crating another set as “deviant.” “Deviance” is thus produced via cultural underpinnings of power. Once we understand such power relations to form the core of sexuality and gender, we begin to see sexuality no longer as biological but as political. Such understanding of theory is finally the key to destroying oppressive structures and freeing both gender and sexuality from its biological prison.
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About the author

Rinita Mazumdar

Dr. Rinita Mazumdar had her Master's Degree in Philosophy from Calcutta University and also from Brock University, Ontario, Canada. She completed her Ph.D. in philosophy from, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She taught philosophy and Women's Studies in various institutions in the United States. She is currently teaching at University of New Maxico, U.S.A. She has written and published several articles on women's issues inlcuding one article on violence against South Asian Women published by Rutgers University Press.

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Title Understanding Gender
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Towards Freedom
Language: English
isbn 8182060036
length xii+123p., Notes; References; 22cm.