Evolution's Rainbow Diversity, Gender, and Sexuality in Nature and People

ISBN-10: 0520260120
ISBN-13: 9780520260122
Edition: 2nd 2009
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Description: In this innovative celebration of diversity and affirmation of individuality in animals and humans, Joan Roughgarden challenges accepted wisdom about gender identity and sexual orientation. A distinguished evolutionary biologist, Roughgarden takes  More...

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Book details

List price: $31.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 4/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 474
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.650
Language: English

In this innovative celebration of diversity and affirmation of individuality in animals and humans, Joan Roughgarden challenges accepted wisdom about gender identity and sexual orientation. A distinguished evolutionary biologist, Roughgarden takes on the medical establishment, the Bible, social science--and even Darwin himself. She leads the reader through a fascinating discussion of diversity in gender and sexuality among fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals, including primates.Evolution's Rainbowexplains how this diversity develops from the action of genes and hormones and how people come to differ from each other in all aspects of body and behavior. Roughgarden reconstructs primary science in light of feminist, gay, and transgender criticism and redefines our understanding of sex, gender, and sexuality. A new preface shows how this witty, playful, and daring book has revolutionized our understanding of sexuality.

Preface to the 2009 Edition
Introduction: Diversity Denied
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
Human Rainbows
An Embryonic Narrative
Sex Determination
Sex Differences
Gender Identity
Sexual Orientation
Psychological Perspectives
Disease versus Diversity
Genetic Engineering versus Diversity
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
Notes
Index

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