Gender: What Everyone Needs to Know®

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Oxford University Press, 2021 - Science - 210 pages
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The term gender was first distinguished from sex in the 1950s when psychologists began to discuss the idea of gender roles, behaviors and responsibilities given to people by a society rather than flowing from their biology. Since then, leaders across disciplines have sought to better understand the roles of biology, psychology, and culture on gender. New language has emerged alongside rich scientific inquiry and research. Increased visibility of transgender and nonbinary communities has brought awareness to a range of gender diverse experiences, while legal battles, wage disparities, and health inequities continue to prove gender's relevancy in today's world. In this book, Laura Erickson-Schroth and Benjamin Davis guide readers through the knowns and unknowns of gender, asking questions such as: What is the difference between sex, gender identity, and gender expression? Were ancient societies matriarchal? How different are male and female brains, really? What role does language play in the ways we think about gender? What do we know about sex and gender in non-human species? What are the current frontiers in gender equality?

Gender: What Everyone Needs to Know is an easy-to-read guide that takes readers on a much-needed tour of perspectives on gender and identity in the 21st century. The book is written in a question-and-answer format, and Erickson-Schroth and Davis cover topics such as current definitions; the history of gender as concept; the role of biology, psychology, and culture on gender; and gender norms over time and across the globe.


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Laura Erickson-Schroth, MD, MA, is a psychiatrist working with LGBTQ people in New York City. She is the editor of Trans Bodies, Trans Selves, an award-winning resource guide written by and for transgender people. She is a former board member of the New York County Psychiatric Society, theAssociation of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists, and GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality. She has appeared on NPR's Fresh Air and On Point, and was named to Out's "OUT100" in 2014.Benjamin Davis, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT, is an art therapist and training consultant who has been working in the field of LGBTQ mental health since 2005. Having offered his expertise in a broad range of clinical settings, including clubhouses, outpatient clinics, residential treatment facilities, andinpatient psychiatric units, Benjamin works dynamically with individuals across their lifespan to build agency and empower healing. He also endeavors to support individuals of transgender experience in the healthcare fields.

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