The model family in the 1950s in America was a happy, simple one. Mom stayed home and raised the kids.
Dad went to work and made a good living. Even the dog was happy. In this Father Knows Best model, we
can clearly see the structure of
We often see sex and gender as immutable – sex is a biological fact that in turn determines the gender of
an individual. As the examples of Deirdre McCloskey and David Reimer demonstrate, however, neither sex
nor gender are as straightforward as many people would like to believe. A lot of how we understand sex
and gender is found in how we understand the differences between
We often think that the role of women in Western societies prior to the 1960s was pretty much the same
thing – a matter of doing what women were expected to do. During World War II, however, the role of
women silently upended conventional ideas about gender roles. Women worked as bomb makers, in
factories, and were later revealed as having been a key part of the code breaking effort that won the war.
These examples lend insight into how we create our identities through interactions and not through fixed
definitions. As such, they reflect ideas posited by