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Evolution's rainbow : diversity, gender, and sexuality in nature and people

Author: Joan Roughgarden
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2004.
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In this book, the author challenges accepted wisdom about gender identity and sexual orientation. She takes on the medical establishment, the Bible, social science - and even Darwin himself. She leads the reader through a ... discussion of diversity in gender and sexuality among fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals, including primates. She argues that principal elements of Darwinian sexual selection theory  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Popular Works
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Joan Roughgarden
ISBN: 0520240731 9780520240735 0520246799 9780520246799
OCLC Number: 53375995
Description: 474 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : Diversity denied --
pt. I. Animal rainbows. --
Sex and diversity --
Sex versus gender --
Sex within bodies --
Sex roles --
Two-gender families --
Multiple-gender families --
Female choice --
Same-sex sexuality --
The theory of evolution --
pt. II. Human rainbows. --
An embryonic narrative --
Sex determination --
Sex differences --
Gender identity --
Sexual orientation --
Psychological perspectives --
Disease versus diversity --
Genetic engineering versus diversity --
pt. III. Cultural rainbows. --
Two-spirits, mahu, and hijras --
Transgender in historical Europe and the Middle East --
Sexual relations in antiquity --
Tomboi, vestidas, and guevedoche --
Trans politics in the United States --
Appendix: Policy recommendations.
Responsibility: Joan Roughgarden.
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Challenges accepted wisdom about gender identity and sexual orientation. This book takes on the medical establishment, the Bible, social science - and even Darwin himself. It discusses diversity in  Read more...

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