Hidden Gender by S. M. Hutchens

Hidden Gender

S. M. Hutchens on the Universal Grammar Feminists Can’t Speak

In a letter to the editor that I will always prize, I was accused of weakness and equivocation in matters pertaining to feminism. (I was wondering who would finally discover what a pallid softie I really am.) The evidence for this was that I had resorted to the “feminist lingo of ‘gender,’” anathema to many in our circles because in feminist usage the customarily grammatical term relativizes the strong division implied by “sex.”

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