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Androgyny: An Alternative to Gender Polarity?
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 31, No. 16/17 (Apr. 20-27, 1996), pp. WS9-WS14
Published by: Economic and Political Weekly
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4404054
Page Count: 6
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The concept of androgyny, it has been suggested, offers a means of transcending the duality of gender differences imposed by culture. And once gender polarities are reduced, traditional sex and gender differences can be broken down. What androgyny obscures, however, is the social context - it is as if individuals can effortlessly balance traits and behaviour in a social vacuum. The greater individual freedom in certain directions promised by the construct is of little help, therefore, in dealing with deep-seated structural gender inequalities.
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