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When Sex Became Gender:by Shira Tarrant
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This book is a study of post World War II feminist theory from the viewpoint of intellectual history. The key theme is that the social construction of gender has its origins in the feminist theorists of this period. This paradigm is a key foundational element to both second and third wave feminist thought. It will focus on the five key scholars of the period: Komarovsky, de Beauvoir, Mead, Klein and Herschberger. This has been a somewhat overlooked period in the development of feminist theory and philosophy and Tarrant makes a compelling case for it (the fifties) being the turning point in the study of gender.
When Sex Became Gender is a study of post-World War II feminist theory from the viewpoint of intellectual history. The key theme is that ideas about the social construction of gender have its origins in the feminist theorists of the postwar period, and that these early ideas about gender became a key foundational paradigm for both second and third wave feminist thought. These conceptual foundations were created by a cohort of extraordinarily imaginative and bold academic women. While discussing the famous feminist scholars?Simone de Beauvoir, Margaret Mead?the book also hinges on the work of scholars who are lesser known to American audiences?Mirra Komarovsky, Viola Klein, and Ruth Herschberger, The postwar years have been an overlooked period in the development of feminist theory and philosophy and Tarrant makes a compelling case for this era being the turning point in the study of gender.
About the Author
Shira Tarrant’s work has appeared in Bitch, off our backs, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Genre magazine, and The Women’s Movement Today: An Encyclopedia of Third-Wave Feminism. She is also the column editor for “The Man Files” at the popular blog Girl With Pen.
Shira Tarrant grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and lives in Southern California, where she teaches in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at California State University, Long Beach. She has a PhD in political science from UCLA and fond memories of lounging on the grass in the campus sculpture garden.
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