Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality

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Basic Books, 2000 - Psychology - 473 pages
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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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Review: Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality

User Review  - Quin Rich - Goodreads

Good feminist critical appraisal of mainstream biological accounts of gender/sex/sexuality. Fausto-Sterling is an icon in this field, and this work clearly demonstrates why. That said, I was still ... Read full review

Review: Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality

User Review  - Aloysius - Goodreads

Our notions of sexuality are often conditioned to be a rigid Black or White (Straight or Gay) perspective. Fausto-Sterling takes this by the throat (or groin?) and questions it to the core. She uses ... Read full review

Contents

Dueling Dualisms
1
That Sexe Which Prevaileth
30
Of Gender and Genitals The Use and Abuse of the Modern Intersexual
45
Should There Be Only Two Sexes?
78
Sexing the Brain How Biologists Make a Difference
115
Sex Glands Hormones and Gender Chemistry
146
Do Sex Hormones Really Exist? Gender Becomes Chemical
170
The Rodents Tale
195
Gender Systems Toward a Theory of Human Sexuality
233
Notes
257
Bibliography
381
Index
451
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Anne Fausto-Sterling is professor of biology and medicine at Brown University.

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