Reinventing the Sexes: The Biomedical Construction of Femininity and Masculinity

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Indiana University Press, Apr 22, 1997 - Social Science - 184 pages

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An insightful examination of how traditional views of femininity and masculinity have influenced scientific research about sexual differences in the brain. The book chronicles the phallocentric underpinnings of research in the field and the subsequent contribution of feminist intellectual thought to the modification of scientific practice.


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Page 1 - If the immutable character of sex is contested, perhaps this construct called 'sex' is as culturally constructed as gender; indeed, perhaps it was always already gender, with the consequence that the distinction between sex and gender turns out to be no distinction at all.

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Marianne van den Wijngaard developed courses in women's studies in the Department of Biology at the University of Amsterdam; she has written numerous articles in both Dutch and English on her research concerning gender and biology.

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