Material Girls: Why Reality Matters for Feminism

Material Girls: Why Reality Matters for Feminism

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Material Girls presents a timely and opinionated critique of the culturally influential theory that we each have an inner feeling about our sex called a gender identity, and that this feeling is more socially significant than our actual biological sex. It makes a clear and humane feminist case for retaining the ability to discuss material reality about biological sex in a range of important contexts, including women-only spaces and resources, healthcare, epidemiology, political organization and data collection. It will investigate the intellectual history of gender identity, showing how the concept is linked to a misguided philosophical picture which broadly rejects science and conflates facts about intersex people with facts about trans people. Material Girls concludes with a positive vision for the future, of collaboration between feminists and trans activists, detailing how they could work together to achieve some of their political aims.

Title:Material Girls: Why Reality Matters for Feminism
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780349726595
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    Material Girls: Why Reality Matters for Feminism Reviews

  • Domhnall

    Kathleen Stock teaches philosophy at an English university and brings to bear both her academic discipline and her evident competence as a teacher and mentor in this very accessible, readable account ...

  • Alison

    theres a bit where she says that judith butler is 'the harry potter of philosphy' and then never explains what on earth that means.goes for clarity, albiet one biased against trans people heavily. doe...

  • Mackaz

    I enjoyed reading this explanation and critique of an emerging theory that we all have an internal sense of gender identity and that this is more socially and politically significant than biological s...

  • Stephen Theaker

    A very good book which sets out the currently orthodox approach to sex and gender more clearly and convincingly than most of its actual advocates (quotations from whom demonstrate a staunch commitment...

  • Ben Gould

    Lots of four- and five-star reviews which appreciate the author's nuanced take on the subject while raising valid criticisms where necessary, and a bunch of one-star reviews firing off ad hominem one-...

  • Borders Are Global Apartheid

    So weird how terfs think my tits are made out of ether or something...

  • jim

    Enjoyed itStock goes through the current debate in an unbiased way giving fair hearing to both sides before coming to a fair conclusion. Maybe not the polemic some would.have wanted, but better for it...

  • Lee

    A solid piece of philosophy examining the current arguments around the complex topics of sex, gender identity, trans activism and feminism. Stock articulates a middle way, acknowledging why we must ar...

  • Rachel Zuroff

    I really enjoyed this book. Kathleen Stock lays out her arguments for why talking about biological sex and its impacts continues to matter in clear and lucid terms. She is generous and charitable to h...

  • Sam Worby

    An interesting and thought provoking read. More philosophical than the non-fiction I usually read, but clearly explained and mostly in plain English. A really important book on an important topic....