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tabby wrote

An example of sex/gender essentialism might be, "Men are tough." There's nothing inherently wrong with toughness, but it tells men that they should be tough rather than, say, sensitive or vulnerable, and it suggests that men who aren't tough are lesser men. Although there are commonalities between many men, there are as many different ways to be a man as there are individual men. There is no "essential man".


ziq wrote

I actually researched this a bunch yesterday. The thing they object to is biological essentialism, here's the best definition I found:

But they were inflicting that meaning onto what I said when what I said was honestly completely innocuous and had nothing to do with biology.

I think some people here are highly educated and they default to academic definitions of words specific to their field of study rather than assume the common usage is what's being utilized. I had no idea the word 'nature' was so loaded.

A lot of us here including myself don't speak english as a first language and only really speak (type) english online, so it's really unfair of people to expect us to know these obscure alternate definitions of common words that require thousands of words of explanation to understand - we're not all academics.


ziq wrote (edited )

It's actually telling that academia (psychology) has demonized the word 'nature'.


d4rk wrote

This whole debate on psychology is exactly the reason why there's foucault and i'm on that side of the debate