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The Biopolitics of Gender$
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Jemima Repo

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190256913

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190256913.001.0001

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Feminist Deployments of Gender

Feminist Deployments of Gender

(p.75) Chapter 3 Feminist Deployments of Gender
The Biopolitics of Gender

Jemima Repo

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the strategic use of the gender term by Anglo-American feminists of the 1970s. Through examining key texts of feminist thinkers of that period the chapter explores the different ways the gender discourse was deployed in so-called second-wave feminist theory. It pays particular attention to the references to Money’s and Stoller’s work found in these texts, and how each thinker used, modified, and remobilized the gender apparatus. The chapter addresses the biopolitical implications of these appropriations and remobilizations, especially regarding the extent to which feminists became unwitting interlocutors of biopolitics by failing to question the raced, classed, and sexed disciplinary origins of gender, and the violence it facilitated toward intersex and trans-people.

Keywords:   second-wave feminist theory, feminist thinkers, gender apparatus, intersex, trans-people

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