On the Use and Abuse of the Concept of Gender

John M. Rist

Abstract: The aim of this paper is to distinguish 'gender ideology' from a legitimate and needed study of the perception and expectations of women in historical societies. It would be a serious - and unfortunately common - mistake to dismiss the latter because of a contempt for the former.

Keywords: sex, gender, grammar, moral constructivism, political élites, patriarchy, over-abstract philosophizing.