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Sexing the Body : Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality
by Anne Fausto-Sterling


Overview - Why do some people prefer heterosexual love while others fancy the same sex? Is sexual identity biologically determined or a product of convention? In this brilliant and provocative book, the acclaimed author of Myths of Gender argues that even the most fundamental knowledge about sex is shaped by the culture in which scientific knowledge is produced.Drawing on astonishing real-life cases and a probing analysis of centuries of scientific research, Fausto-Sterling demonstrates how scientists have historically politicized the body.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Why do some people prefer heterosexual love while others fancy the same sex? Is sexual identity biologically determined or a product of convention? In this brilliant and provocative book, the acclaimed author of Myths of Gender argues that even the most fundamental knowledge about sex is shaped by the culture in which scientific knowledge is produced.Drawing on astonishing real-life cases and a probing analysis of centuries of scientific research, Fausto-Sterling demonstrates how scientists have historically politicized the body. In lively and impassioned prose, she breaks down three key dualisms - sex/gender, nature/nurture, and real/constructed - and asserts that individuals born as mixtures of male and female exist as one of five natural human variants and, as such, should not be forced to compromise their differences to fit a flawed societal definition of normality.


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  • ISBN-13: 9780465077144
  • ISBN-10: 0465077145
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publish Date: November 2000
  • Page Count: 496
  • Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.85 pounds


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Books > Psychology > Human Sexuality (see also Social Science - Human Sexuality)
Books > Social Science > Gender Studies

 
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