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words:  Constructionism

Also, Social Constructionism.  A school of thought now dominant in Women's and Gay studies that holds that categories of gender and sexuality like masculine/feminine and hetero/homo derive from cultural influences, not from essential features of an individual's biology or psychology as essentialists believe.  Although influenced by anthropological cultural relativism and phenomenological philosophy, most contemporary social constructionists trace the roots of their points of view to postmodern philosophy, especially the work of French philosophers Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault.

See Also:  Queer Theory.

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