Debating Sex and Gender and After Identity

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In Debating Sex and Gender and After Identity, Dr. Warnke presents various arguments that demonstrate how sex, gender, and race are all social constructs. Do you agree or disagree with her argument, and why?

Concepts of sex, gender and race in English language have undergone uncountable naturalization and universalities, to a point that they are now considered to have always been present. There are numerous arguments that revolve around the three concepts of human diversity. Dr. Warnke for example argues that the three concepts above are social constructs (Warnke 153). This paper is in the light of Dr Warnke’s argument but rather disagrees with her argument about sex, gender and race as social
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Physical features in persons across the globe are identified as markers to social diversity (Warnke 191). Complexity characterizes this diversity based on some research aspects, from the gene of sickle cell to shapes of noses in people. Cultural and geographical regions are used to identify specific groups of people to specific regions based on these physical features. Different people from different regions may have remarkable similarities even when these people are not inter-related. The sprouting differences noted in this are evidenced by the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (Warnke 197). This evidence denotes biological racial aspects but the society does not construct it at all. As a result, sex-gender traits may be similar across different societies. The features of these societies (physical or biological) depict no action of social construction since they are based in different environments that rule out possibility of close interaction that could go to such extremes as creating or constructing similar traits among them.

Dr. Warnke’s argument that race, sex and gender are social constructs, (Warnke 153) is to some extent ignorant of some specific natural factors that are part and parcel of the society. For instance, in some cultures, more than two categories of gender are said to exist. She does not take this into