In class, we talked about how people are capable of making distinctions without placing a value judgement on them. For example, we are able to distinguish apples from oranges without saying that apples are superior to oranges. However, would this ever be possible with gender categories? Currently, we live in a gender binary, and men are generally placed above women in most aspects. As long as we live in this binary, could that ever change, or is “separate but equal” just inherently unequal?
Also, Fausto-Sterling brought up the notion of recognizing other sexes. According to her, human beings fall into a wider range of sex categories than male/female. Would opening up our concept of sex to include more variety make our society more equal? Or would these new sexes just fall into a hierarchy? Does anything change if we detach the concept of “sex” and “gender”?