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The Constraint in the Dichotomy of the Sexes

What can you do with anthropology?


As Agustin Fuentes reveals in his blog, “Busting Myths of Human Nature,” “since ancient times humans have endeavoured to provide a concise description of human nature.” It is within these concise categories that the topic of sex and gender becomes chaotic. American culture strongly divides both sexes, male and female. This rigid dichotomy of the sexes not only creates deep, self troubles for individuals, but also prevents the chance of liberating oneself from these fixed categories.

There is a commonly accepted belief that men and women are two distinctly different beings.  Our differences range from our very core to our purposes in society. Fuentes specifies this view “holds that our innate difference is visible in our behaviour, desires and internal wiring.” With this innate idea underlying our culture, the way upon which these roles are thrusted upon us from birth are possible to see. Immediately, we are divided by gender with the colors of…

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