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Unformatted text preview: male or female gender societys interpretation of sex-based characteristics and attaches a culturally constructed value to the differences. in a patriarchal society, male characteristics are more highly valued women give birth sex and gender link between child-bearing and child-rearing is cultural rather than biological patriarchal ideas blur the distinction between sex and gender, and assume that all social distinctions between men and women are rooted in biology or anatomy simple sex differences dont create the greatest barriers to womens equality. rather, it is how society interprets and values equality over another that has the greatest impact on womens lives. gender rather than sex differences will therefore be the focus of our inquiry in the book....
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- Spring '08