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The Importance of Feminist Critique for Contemporary Cell Biology

The Biology and Gender Study Group, Athena Beldecos, Sarah Bailey, Scott Gilbert, Karen Hicks, Lori Kenschaft, Nancy Niemczyk, Rebecca Rosenberg, Stephanie Schaertel and Andrew Wedel
Hypatia
Vol. 3, No. 1, Feminism and Science 2 (Spring, 1988), pp. 61-76
Published by: Wiley on behalf of Hypatia, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3810051
Page Count: 16
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The Importance of Feminist Critique for Contemporary Cell Biology
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Abstract

Biology is seen not merely as a privileged oppressor of women but as a co-victim of masculinist social assumptions. We see feminist critique as one of the normative controls that any scientist must perform whenever analyzing data, and we seek to demonstrate what has happened when this control has not been utilized. Narratives of fertilization and sex determination traditionally have been modeled on the cultural patterns of male/female interaction, leading to gender associations being placed on cells and their components. We also find that when gender biases are controlled, new perceptions of these intracellular and extracellular relationships emerge.

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