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Gender is not a binary—nor is it fluid. The case for “gender viscosity”

We should pay attention to how people actually define themselves

By Julian Baggini  

Photo: Richard B. Levine/SIPA USA/PA Images

Not so long ago, received opinion was that men were from Mars, women from Venus, boys would be boys and girls would be girls. It’s a simple message that proved resistant to protests that gender is largely a social construct. In recent decades, gender essentialism even became intellectually respectable again, boosted by dubious interpretations of findings from neuroscience and evolutionary psychology. There was to be no arguing…

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