What Is Gender Essentialism?

  • Charlotte WittEmail author


In this chapter I distinguish among different theories of gender essentialism and sketch out a taxonomy of gender essentialisms. I focus primarily on the difference between essentialism about a kind and essentialism about an individual. I propose that there is an interesting and useful form of gender essentialism that pertains to social individuals. And I argue that this form of gender essentialism, which I call uniessentialism, is not vulnerable to standard, feminist criticisms of gender essentialism.


Natural Kind Feminist Theory Material Part Normative Unity Identity Essentialism 
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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of New HampshireDurhamUSA

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