"The ‘difference’ between men and women is created in and by culture but is regarded as natural and biological. The huge difficulty that so many women and men have in seeing femininity and masculinity as socially constructed rather than natural, attests to the strenght and force of culture. The French feminist theorist Colette Guillaumin explains the difficulty with this cultural idea that women are ‘different’ (Guillaumin, 1996). If women are ‘different’ then there must be something they are different from. That something turns out to be ‘men’ who are not themselves ‘different’ from anything, they just are. It is only women who are understood to be different, ‘Men do not differ from anything… We are different - it is a fundamental characteristic… We succeed in the grammatical and logical feat of being different all by ourselves. Our nature is difference’ (Guillaumin, 1996, p. 95)."
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Sheila Jeffreys, Beauty and Misogyny: Harmful Cultural Practices in the West (via sociophilia)