chapter  7
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Barriers, boundaries and emotion: Gender, power and meaning

It is important to reiterate that while not subscribing to an essentialist perspective on gender differences and gendered behaviours, it is clear that women and men give different meanings to their bodies and experience differential socialisation in such a way that it becomes difficult to disentangle what women do because they are born female, and what they do because of complicated cultural processes (see Chapters 3 and 4).