This book provides a timely and trenchant critique of the influential theory that we all have an inner feeling known as a gender identity, and that this feeling is more socially significant than our biological sex.

Professor Kathleen Stock surveys the philosophical ideas that brought us to this point, from De Beauvoir’s statement that, ‘One is not born, but rather becomes a woman’ to Judith Butler’s claim that language creates biological reality, rather than describing it.

“Material Girls” makes a clear, humane and feminist case for our retaining the ability to discuss reality, and concludes with a positive vision for the future, in which trans rights activists and feminists can collaborate to achieve some of their political aims.


Cover: Hardback
ISBN: 9780349726601
No. of Pages: 320
Dimensions: 145 x 222 x 34 mm
Published by Hachette


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