chapter  1
Epistemologies of Sex
BySandra Wallman
Pages 39

The importance of distinguishing between females, women, and human-beings-who-happen-to-be-female and/ or women is underlined: epistemological difficulties also distort the facts of sex differentiation. In social anthropology the effect of the observer's sex is now quite commonly referred to, but only rarely is it specifically analyzed. The unambiguous ideal in Dajebel Khroumir is a division of labor by sex. The human genetic blueprint entails that the sexes are biologically different and that they are systematically differentiated. The peculiar epistemology of sex in North American culture is a product of its history and its consumer technology. The sex attribute seems to have a less limpet-like significance and to create less anxiety in Europe than it does in North America. In social anthropology the effect of the observer's sex is now quite commonly referred to, but only rarely is it specifically analyzed. The slaughter of animals is even more stringently sex-linked. Women, according to the conscious model, must not/cannot/do not do it.