Biological politics: Feminist and anti-feminist perspectives

Biological politics: Feminist and anti-feminist perspectives

One of the perennial themes of argument for feminists has been the extent to which biology influences the destiny of women. Variations on this theme have consistently been put forward by writers on the so-called “woman question”. Argument has focused on sex differences in physical strength and aggressive, in reproduction, and in the brain, the differences between men and women being repeatedly cited in justification of sexual inequality and used to reinforce and maintain traditional sex roles.

How have social and ideological factors shaped biological discussion of the “woman question”? Have psychoanalysis and Marxism, or social Darwinism and sociobiology contributed anything worthwhile to our understanding of the impact of biology on sex roles? Will women achieve more freedom through a change in attitudes to women’s biology? These are some of the issues, central to the current debate about women’s place in society, addressed by BIOLOGICAL POLITICS.

Edited by: Janet Sayers

Published: 1982

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Biological politics: Feminist and anti-feminist perspectives