Are gender roles and differences fixed, once and for, all by biology? Or is gender socially constructed and culturally variable? How does gender differ from sex?
What does it mean for someone to be a woman? While the answer to this question for much of human history may have seemed obvious, modern feminist thought objects to many longstanding ideas about gender. Is gender just socially constructed? Is anyone whom identifies as a woman, really a woman?
Amia Srinivasan references the work of Simone de Beauvoir and Judith Butler as she discusses these questions as guest on the Philosophy Bites' podcast, "What is a Woman?"
Interested in further questions about gender? Look out for our upcoming episode, "Queerness".
In addition, check out our past episode, "Gender".
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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual… it is safe to say that new ideas of gender and sexuality have broken into mainstream consciousness within the past few decades.