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The book features a number of widely cited essays including:
In "Family Structure and Feminine Personality," Nancy Chodorow offers a psychoanalytic explanations for gender differences in personality, based on mother's primary role in raising small children and socializing girls into their gendered roles.
In "Is female to male as nature is to culture?," first published in Feminist Studies,Sherry Ortner argues that the universal (or near universal) subordination of women across cultures is explained in part by a common conception of women as "closer to nature than men" (73). The title describes a structuralist analogy between deep cultural structures, in the sense theorized by Claude Lévi-Strauss. It described cultural oppositions including culture/nature, man/woman, mind/body, public/private, civilized/primitive, and active/passive. In 1996, Ortner remembered it as "my first piece of feminist writing and my second professional publication."
The title of the book alludes to the gendered nature of a prior anthropological text, Man, Culture, and Society.
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^ abOrtner, Sherry B., (1996). "So, Is Female to Male as Nature Is to Culture?". Making gender: The politics and erotics of culture. Boston: Beacon Press. pp. 173-80. ISBN978-0-8070-4633-3.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
^Geller, Pamela L.; Stockett, Miranda K. (2006). "Feminist anthropology: Perspectives on our past, present, and future". Feminist anthropology: Past, present, and future. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. p. 6. ISBN978-0-8122-2005-6.