Sex/gender: Biology in a Social World

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Routledge, 2012 - Social Science - 142 pages

Sex/Gender presents a relatively new way to think about how biological difference can be produced over time in response to different environmental and social experiences.

This book gives a clearly written explanation of the biological and cultural underpinnings of gender. Anne Fausto-Sterling provides an introduction to the biochemistry, neurobiology, and social construction of gender with expertise and humor in a style accessible to a wide variety of readers. In addition to the basics, Sex/Gender ponders the moral, ethical, social and political side to this inescapable subject.

An interview with the author! WOMR - The Lowdown with Ira Wood - Sex an Gender Identity with Anne Fausto-Sterling: http: //www.publicbroadcasting.net/womr/.jukebox?action=viewMedia&mediaId=1025429

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 A Genderless Future?
1
Chapter 2 Of Spirals and Layers
3
Chapter 3 Of Molecules and Sex
12
Chapter 4 Of Hormones and Brains
27
Chapter 5 Am I a Boy or a Girl?The Emergence of Gender Identity
43
Chapter 6 Thinking about Homosexuality
70
Chapter 7 Thinking about Groups Thinking About Individuals
99
Chapter 8 Pink and Blue Forever
109
Chapter 9 The Developmental Dynamics of Pink and Blue
112
The Future of Gender and Sex
119
Notes
124
References
126
Acknowledgments
136
Index
138
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Anne Fausto-Sterling, the Nancy Duke Lewis Professor of Biology and Gender Studies at Brown University, is a leading expert on the development of gender identity as well as the biology of gender. Her latest research analyzes the emergence of behavioral differences between the sexes in early childhood. She is the author of two earlier books: Myths of Gender: Biological Theories about Women and Men (Basic, 1993) and Sexing the Body: gender politics and the construction of sexuality (Basic, 2000).

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