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Biological Essentialism-What Is It? August 27, 2009

Posted by FCM in feminisms, gender roles, health, pop culture, race.
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very likely to be my one and only “feminism 101” type post. savor it, and post kindergarten-level feminism questions and comments below. i promise not to laugh too hard at your ignorance.

essentialism, biological essentialism, or biological determinism is the belief that we are “how we are” because of our genetic makeup, including race and sex. the next step is the assumption that behaviors and preferences are biologically pre-determined, rather than choices we make, or as a result of the environments we are exposed to. sounds harmless, right? uh, no.