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Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality

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Title

Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality

Subject

Gender identity
Sexual behaviour

Description

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.

ISBN: 0465077145

Creator

Anne Fausto-Sterling

Publisher

Basic Books

Date

2000

Format

Book: softcover

Language

English

Type

Physical Object

Identifier

Call no. 5.1 FAU 2000

Citation

Anne Fausto-Sterling, “Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality,” The ArQuives Digital Exhibitions, accessed September 26, 2020, http://digitalexhibitions.arquives.ca/items/show/1060.