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