Expanding the Role of Gender Essentialism in the Single-Sex Education Debate: A Commentary on Liben

  title={Expanding the Role of Gender Essentialism in the Single-Sex Education Debate: A Commentary on Liben},
  author={Cordelia Fine and Rebecca Duke},
  journal={Sex Roles},
In this commentary we expand on Liben’s exploration of the effects of differing gender conceptualizations – gender essentialism and gender constructivism – on the single-sex education debate within the United States. We examine these conceptualizations in the context of current behavioral and neuroscientific research, which we argue undermines an essentialist view of males and females, while supporting an expanded constructivist version of the account endorsed by Liben. We then extend Liben’s… 
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