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The Nature of Sexual Difference

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This paper addresses the question of sexual difference as a pre-eminent question not only of cultural and social but also of biological relations. If sexual difference is a biological force then it must pervade the world of animals as much as the cultural world of humans. Charles Darwin’s work may provide a framework from which to understand Luce Irigaray’s central conception of sexual difference. This paper explores the possible relations between them.

Keywords: Darwin; Irigaray; nature/culture; sexual selection

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Program in Women's Studies,Duke University, 207 East Duke BuildingDurham,NC 27708, USA

Publication date: June 1, 2012

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