Dismantling Noah's Ark

Lorber, Judith
June 1986
Sex Roles;Jun86, Vol. 14 Issue 11-12, p567
Academic Journal
Feminist theory and research have shown us that gender is a linchpin of social orders, but they have not seriously envisaged a social order without gender. Examination of the various bases of gender demonstrates that gender is essentially a social construction, and the relations between women and men are essentially social relations. What is socially constructed can be reconstructed, and social relations can be rearranged. A social order is possible without gender as an organizing principle. This paper takes forward tendencies and policies in postindustrial societies to show how, if carried through, they could be used to construct a non gendered social order.


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