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Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality Paperback – November 30, 2000
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This time she takes on her own scientific field, exposing how blindered, sexist, heterosexist, and flat out stuck and harm-inducing it has become. Given that she presents her arguments in the body of the text in a very reader-friendly language and style, and has nearly a separate text of endnotes of hard-core feminist critical analyses ta boot, we've got in this great work of hers a text reminiscent of Virginia Woolf's "Three Guinneas."
Anne Fausto-Sterling's special interest this go around is science's primary complicity in the (hetero) sexing of psycho-medically dominated and controlled bodies. She provides one of the best feminist analyses of Gender Systematicity as the key politically shaped, shaping, and biased torture device for transsexual and intersex people today.
This is a very important text for sexology, feminist, gender, queer, US, cultural, and transgender studies, history of science, and anthropology of medicine and science. It's a brave read, if not deadly on point. Probably best for graduate scholars, but should be required for any professional in sexology, gender specialist, or medical personnel before they lay one hand or idea of treatment on transsexual or intersex people!
now recent obesession with gender "differences" and you will
see the world around you in a new light.
The book is pleasant and does not talk down to the reader
as many of the "gender difference" books do.It isn't
preachy or arrogant,instead it makes the reader think about
how the world around them has been so manipulated to keep
status quo thinking going.
This is not a gender differences book,it's a book which
let's us know we are all complex and not actually
limited by gender specific behavior,as the "researchers"
call "appropriate" behavior or apptitudes which people have
The second half of the book takes up a variety of topics. Chapter 5, for instance, discusses and dismisses reported differences between the corpus callosum in men and women. In this chapter, Fausto-Sterling goes to great length to explain how the statistics for the corpus callosum studies may be flawed, but it seems she misses a larger point- -are there any behavioral traits that are associated with the corpus callosum anyway? Even if women turned out to have a corpus callosum that was five times as big, on average, than that of men, so what?Read more ›
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This is great book, and though it's almost 10 years old now, it's especially important and relevant to contemporary discussions of transgender and identity. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Marianne Janack
This is just a warning: Not all in this book is true. Most markedly, the claim that 1.7 % of all persons are born as intersex, is false. Truer figures are 0.4 %, or even just 0. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kåre Fog
A must read for anyone open minded enough to understand that gender, sex, sexuality and attraction are correlated (not causal).Published 15 months ago by Patric Nordbeck
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I got a little lost in some of the technical talk, but I loved this. It's awesome. Absolutely worth reading. Every good femenist and educated person should read this.Published on January 21, 2014 by Hmmm
Anne Fausto-Sterling is the definitive expert in this field. Her writing is very comfortable and easily understood. I like the images she evokes with her written words.Published on December 6, 2013 by DaDu47
It was greater than expected. I loved how informative it was. I cannot wait to reread this fascinating work again.Published on February 26, 2013 by Cole
One of the best works on sex and gender available. If you are casually or academically interested in gender, sex, and sexuality, this should be on your must-read list.Published on December 19, 2012 by Jason Crockett