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48. 13. , 1984), p. 38. 14. Margaret Mead, Blackberry Winter (New York: Morrow, 1972), p. 211. 15. Catherine Drinker Bowen, Family Portrait (Boston: Little Brown, 1970), pp. 127– 8. 28 WOMAN’S AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL WRITINGS 16. Stone, Autobiographical Occasions and Original Acts (Phil: U. of Pennsylvania Press, 1982), p. 194. 17. Autobiographical Occasions, p. 195. 18. Autobiographical Occasions, p. 200. 19. Autobiographical Occasions, p. 320. 20. Alice Schwarzer, After the Second Sex, trans. Marianne Howarth (New York: Pantheon, 1984), p.
And he points to a paradox underlying their sense of identity. Homosexuals of this kind “set out to win the love of a ‘real’ man. If they succeed they fail. A man who ‘goes with’ other men is not what they call a real man”(62). It is worth recalling here the difference between sex and gender. ” The last two terms may be applicable quite independently of biological sex. Gender identity can be the product of social conditioning and can refer to the sense an individual has of him- or herself as belonging to one sexual group or the other.
With women he bases his relationships on the difference in gender and uses the women in his life to play out the unexplored feminine side of his personality. That is why they come to represent for him “the wholeness of a life outside” him (186), the missing otherness which is “unknown” because unexplored in himself. He asserts that each kind of sexual relationship met needs in him which the other could not hope to do. Nevertheless he comes down in favour of his heterosexual relationships based on the difference between the two sexes because he found them “the most enduring” (318).