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Toward a Humanist JusticeThe Political Philosophy of Susan Moller Okin$
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Debra Satz and Rob Reich

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195337396

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195337396.001.0001

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“No More Relevance than One's Eye Color” *

“No More Relevance than One's Eye Color” *

Justice and a Society without Gender

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(p.113) 6 “No More Relevance than One's Eye Color”*
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Toward a Humanist Justice
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Mary Lyndon Shanley

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195337396.003.0007

To what extent would sex, in a just society, be like eye color—an irrelevant personal feature with little significance? Okin made the parallel in her writings; this chapter explores and contests that parallel. This chapter explores Okin's goal of abolishing gender, given her analysis of the pernicious effects of the gender system on women. The chapter calls for an agnosticism about Okin's project, arguing that sex will continue to matter to people in the future and that we cannot know how future people will link sex to some concept of gender as an identity.

Keywords:   sex, gender, abolition of gender, transformation of gender

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