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

ISBN-10: 0520280458
ISBN-13: 9780520280458
Edition: 2013
Authors: Joan Roughgarden
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List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 9/14/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 474
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.738
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 Rainbow explains 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. Witty, playful, and daring, this book will revolutionize our understanding of sexuality.Roughgarden argues that principal elements of Darwinian sexual selection theory are false and suggests a new theory that emphasizes social inclusion and control of access to resources and mating opportunity. She disputes a range of scientific and medical concepts, including Wilson's genetic determinism of behavior, evolutionary psychology, the existence of a gay gene, the role of parenting in determining gender identity, and Dawkins's "selfish gene" as the driver of natural selection. She dares social science to respect the agency and rationality of diverse people; shows that many cultures across the world and throughout history accommodate people we label today as lesbian, gay, and transgendered; and calls on the Christian religion to acknowledge the Bible's many passages endorsing diversity in gender and sexuality. Evolution's Rainbow concludes with bold recommendations for improving education in biology, psychology, and medicine; for democratizing genetic engineering and medical practice; and for building a public monument to affirm diversity as one of our nation's defining principles.

Preface to the 2013 Edition
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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