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The birth of gender epistemology during the Cold War
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In Chapter 3, I suggest that Cold War gender is part of a broader social constructivist program in US social science. Unlike scholars such as Jemima Repo and Susan Stryker, who criticized the use of gender as an analytic, I focus on its emergence as part of an anti-communist ideology. To flesh out my claim, I analyze how gender emerged in the work of sexologist John Money as a term with anti-communist and racialized assumptions. While Money understood gender as an imprimatur that was given by society, his term was undergirded by an ideal of white Anglo-American masculinity. I also continue to explore how Cold War gender was theoretically at odds with Soviet Marxism, particularly in its racial epistemology.

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