Cover

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Half Title, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Table of Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Preface

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pp. ix-xiv

There is something of a tradition among phenomenologists to write of tables—of writing tables, mostly.1 So, as a preface to my examination of the question of gender, I too describe a table. In fact, I tell of two tables. In my room, the writing table is placed near the east wall, facing west so I can turn my gaze past the computer and out over the room and a slice of Chicago ...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xv-xvi

There are a great many people without whom this book could not have been created and to whom I am deeply grateful. Of course, I am grateful to Clark and Sandra Janssen. Nancy Lila Lightfoot, Rebecca Logan, Jay Marchand, Dee Mortensen, Paige Rasmussen, Gayle Salamon, Leyla Salamova, Jonelle Seitz, and the Newgen typesetting team were all instrumental ...

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1. The Question of Gender

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pp. 1-42

There are men, and there are women, the story goes. Men are strong, rational, ordered, active, unitary, and attracted to women. Women are tender, emotional, creative, and passive; their attention is divided; and they are attracted to men. A man and a woman meet, and, after a period of pursuit and more or less feigned reluctance on her part, they marry, have fat babies, ...

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2. Gender in Its Historical Situation

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pp. 43-66

Gender, as it is traditionally understood in the West, unravels and starts showing some interesting lacunae and confusions when examined closely. This chapter is about how these inconsistencies have led to the way gender is thought today. A broad survey of the history of the West reveals some significant transitions in the conception of “gender” since the Greeks, ...

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3. Heidegger Trouble: Gendered Dasein and Embodiment

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pp. 67-96

One common criticism of Heidegger’s fundamental ontology is its failure to provide a robust account of Dasein’s embodiment.1 While he does give a robust critique of Descartes’s res extensa in section 19 of Being and Time, and while he does examine Dasein’s spatiality, he never goes into detail about how being an embodied entity is constitutive of Dasein itself.2 ...

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4. Gender and Individuation

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pp. 97-124

In feminist and gender theory, social construction theory is almost universally invoked. The essentialist position (to which the constructionist model is a very strong response) is that there is something essential to femininity, to femaleness, and to women. This stance persists in some feminist theory and certainly endures in the medical field.1 ...

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5. Gender, Technology, and Style

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pp. 125-138

Whew! The question of gender is clearly not as simple as it looks on the surface. One last question that demands attention here is whether gender is a primordial ontological structure of Dasein or merely an ontical contingency that happens to obtain in Dasein. In other words, is gender intrinsic to Dasein’s being Dasein? ...

Bibliography

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pp. 139-146

Index

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pp. 147-154

About the Author

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