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What is a ‘woman'?

'Woman' and 'man' are social categories founded on innate biological differences, but which extend far beyond such to imply numerous social and psychological features: social roles, habituated ...
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What is a ‘woman'?

There are some good responses to a fair philosophical question, and I'll add a few thoughts. First, philosophy often recognizes two broad types of definitions (SEP): real and lexical. Lexical ...
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Is philosophy male-dominated? If so, why?

Success in philosophy is largely down to saying things that other people agree with. Your work cannot simply speak for itself: it has to be accepted by others. There are substantial commonalities in ...
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Seeking Notable Responses to "Why the Trans Inclusion Problem cannot be Solved" by Tomas Bogardus

There's the Vaush vs Bogardus debate, though it doesn't seem anyone thinks Vaush came across well. I don't think Bogardus contributes anything very original, although he makes his points in a clear ...
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Is philosophy male-dominated? If so, why?

How can this be remedied? https://philosophy.stackexchange.com/ is a positive example in the Petri dish. At least, stackExchange gives the same opportunity to be heard to everyone as long as he/she ...
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What is a ‘woman'?

"Woman" is a category which is historically based on the reproductive function of a human. Categories of real-life observables are often correlated with measurable properties (such as ...
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What is a ‘woman'?

Your question mistakenly assumes that a word such as 'woman' has a single meaning, when it does not. Most people, if pushed to be clear on the matter, would take the word to mean an adult human with ...
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What is a ‘woman'?

If woman means female human being, then the semantic heavy work is carried by the meaning of "female". Biologists seem to be able to neatly categorize an immense variety of life forms as ...
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What is a ‘woman'?

Because I know a lot of people will describe a woman as someone who identifies as a woman... but what is that? A name. More specifically a name for a grouping of people. Like what does your name mean?...
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What is a ‘woman'?

Why I think this is a great question Even after Matt Walsh insulted everyone who could not answer this question in his documentary "What Is a Woman?", and specifically accused someone of ...
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What did Judith Butler mean by "differential axis of domination" in Gender Trouble?

What follows is pure exegesis. 1. The notion of subject In the first part of the quote, she basically shifts the notion of "subject". Subject in that context is not used as in "...
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Is philosophy male-dominated? If so, why?

I'll throw my ten gallon hat in to the ring. Looking at where people don't go is as important as looking at where they do. Looking at why people avoid something is as important as looking at why they ...
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Is philosophy male-dominated? If so, why?

I can give a practical answer based on some real-world data (although it certainly wasn't a scientific sampling). About 15 years ago, I was in an graduate-level academic philosophy program, and I ...
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What is a ‘woman'?

It's always had multiple contexts. In a biology lab, or a coming-of-age ceremony, the attention will be different. In many social contexts, it is simple politeness to use the pronouns people ask you ...
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Seeking Notable Responses to "Why the Trans Inclusion Problem cannot be Solved" by Tomas Bogardus

If you are inclined to want to take an opposing position to Bogardus, you might challenge both the validity and relevance of his arguments. The gist of his position is that it is impossible to define '...
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How can anything, such as a gender or sex, be said to exist?

Any category --not just sex or gender --exists because people find it useful or functional or otherwise significant. The majority of people in the world are content to accept commonly used categories ...
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Is gender sex-based, socially constructed or both?

Does the mere existence of intersex people (and people with 1 XX chromosomes, for example XXY) destroy the claim that gender is based on biological sex? It does not. The existence or non-existence of ...
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Does the requirement to use preferred gender pronous preclude the participation of people whose faith teaches that gender cannot be changed?

Cultural conflict is sometimes unavoidable First of all, we must understand that certain views, when they became widespread and popular enough to form a culture, are not a private thing. Culture by ...
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What determines a person's gender identity?

Identity is always subjective. You are not you except to the extent that you experience you-ness. Societies try to find objective means of guaranteeing identity — they will keep records, issue ...
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Does the requirement to use preferred gender pronous preclude the participation of people whose faith teaches that gender cannot be changed?

Yes, it is specifically designed to preclude participation from people who openly hold different religious (or non-religious) core beliefs about the world. Some would try to say that this is just a ...
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Does the requirement to use preferred gender pronous preclude the participation of people whose faith teaches that gender cannot be changed?

This is an old problem with the individualist atomism of classic liberalism, arising first in the economic sphere. Voltaire remarked on the liberalism of the British stock market, where people of all ...
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Studies exploring the rationale of gender equality

Philosophy is about reasons. If you want research, then you are looking at anthropology, economics, sociology, psychology, etc. Gender equality in the workplace has hugely increased the number of ...
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Is gender sex-based, socially constructed or both?

There is a biological aspect (which we usually call "sex") and a social or cultural aspect (which we usually call "gender").* Although these things are strongly correlated, they ...
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Studies exploring the rationale of gender equality

Not specific to gender, but social contract theory (Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau) requires every citizen, or at least a very large part of them, to (figuratively) sign the contract. Assuming we adopt this ...
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Is philosophy male-dominated? If so, why?

Yes, philosophy is male dominated. There might be several reasons for that. Traditional male chauvinism is one. The manner in which the philosophical canon is established and taught in academia (by ...
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Is philosophy male-dominated? If so, why?

I have already accepted an answer to my question. But I think that I can add a few helpful points. Lack of historical attribution to women is a major factor. In science, for example, Ada Lovelace has ...
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Is philosophy male-dominated? If so, why?

Regrettably many aspects of society are male or female dominated. Jordan Peterson will tell you that proves there are inherent psychological differences between men and women. I cannot follow his ...
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Exploring Gender Equality: Navigating the Paradox of Differences and Sameness

Gender equality is not a matter of proof but a matter of principle. The first book on logic that I ever read- I was about 16 at the time- had a strong influence on my subsequent development. One of ...
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What relationship does gender have with bodily features?

There is no Catch-22 of the sort you imagine. Some people take the view that identifying as a particular gender does not have any relationship whatsoever to physical characteristics, and those ...
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