Book review for Nancy J. Chodorow, Individualizing Gender and Sexuality: Theory and Practice

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Aleksandra A Staneva, PhD Candidate The University of Queensland


From its emergence as a key concept in the 1970’s (Oakley, 1972; Rubin, 1975) ‘gender’ has been a highly contested term attracting rich theorization. How we define and understand ‘femininity’ and ‘masculinity’, how gender comes to be, and how it is performed (Butler, 1990) remains crucial not only for theory, but also in popular culture and everyday narratives, for norms of psychological health and pathology as well as the so-called perversions.