Lecture 2: Is biology Destiny?

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University of Toronto Scarborough
Women's and Gender Studies
Victoria Tahmasebi

Women and Gender Studies Is Biology Destiny? Biological Explanation Biological Assumptions Anatomy is decisive Basis for the difference in mens and womens experiences Example: Johan Gray, the author of a popular book Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus Play central role in our understanding of both gender difference and gender inequality They seem to objective scientific facts Seem to agree with our own observations There is a certain conceptual tidiness to biological explanations They assure us that what we see, is how its supposed to be Social is natural A) These inequalities that exist are natural B) These inequalities stand from biological differences C) Therefore, these differences are fixed and changeable and inevitable They make many of us feel good 1) It reassures us that these existing inequalities are not our fault, and we are not to blame. This is the work of nature 2) We cannot be held responsible for the way we act 3) No amount of political initiative, and social reform Biological Theories-A Historical Review Goes back to the late 19 Century Darwins Theory www.notesolution.com
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