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Sally Haslanger, “Gender and Race: (What) Are They? (What) Do We Want Them to Be
Sally Haslanger, “Gender and Race: (What) Are They? (What) Do We Want Them to Be?” (2000) Please read that chapter with no outside information. 1.What does it mean to say that a social kind is socially constructed? Give an example of a social kind and explain how or why it is a social construct.? 2. Haslanger argues that we need to revise the social definitions of gender and race so that they can help fight injustice. She never explains this in detail in her article. What do you think is the connection between changing a definition of a social category and fighting injustice? 3. Haslanger concludes that the final goal of feminism should be to eliminate the social categories of men and women and the final goal of anti-racism should be to eliminate current races. Based on the reasoning that these categories are social constructs, what could it mean for society to no longer classify people as men, women, or being of a particular race?

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