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Post-Tsunami Reconstruction in Indonesia by Marjaana Jauhola

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3 ‘This is gender!’1

Normalized sex/gender divide and subversive gender

 

Those who would codify the meaning of words fight a losing battle, for words, like the ideas and things they are meant to signify, have a history.

(Scott 1986: 1053)

The issue is not only about words and concepts, it is also about perceptions and understandings concerning the relationships of men and women in society and culture.2

(Pietilä 2007: 76)

It was a reminder that when you negotiate with words, you're fundamentally negotiating people's lives, their choices, their lifestyles, their integrity.3

(Rothschild et al. 2005: 97)

As discussed in Chapter 1, the distinction between sex (male/female), a matter of biology, and gender (masculine/feminine), a set of culturally ...

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