Biology and gender


Sir, – Prof William Reville (Science, April 4th) writes that gender cannot be a social construct, since it has “a strong biological basis”. But why on earth would he suppose that social constructs cannot have a biological basis? It is for entirely social reasons that I am currently wearing trousers rather than a skirt; but that does not make their contents any less biological. – Yours, etc,


Department of Sociology,

Philosophy & Anthropology,

University of Exeter,

Devon, England.