The words “Restrooms are gender neutral” surround a symbol featuring an “O” with an arrow and cross protruding from the top left, an arrow protruding from the top right, and a cross protruding from the bottom.

A gender neutral bathroom. (Image courtesy of Kaldari. Source: Wikimedia Commons. This image is in the public domain.)


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This course examines the definition of gender in scientific, societal, and historical contexts. It explores how gender influences state formation and the work of the state, what role gender plays in imperialism and in the welfare state, the ever-present relationship between gender and war, and different states' regulation of the body in gendered ways at different times. It investigates new directions in the study of gender as historians, anthropologists and others have taken on this fascinating set of problems.

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Lerna Ekmekcioglu, and Elizabeth Wood. 21H.983 Gender. Spring 2017. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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