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First turning his attention to the construction of gender and desire, Stein takes great pains to define his terms so that they satisfy our intuitions yet maintain the rigor required of them by his philosophical operations. This territory has been explored fairly well over the last 30 years, but he finds new paths well worth further pursuit. Next he examines the social and biological research pertaining to sexual orientation; not surprisingly, he finds much fault therein, as much (if not all) of it rests on thoroughly disreputable and homophobic foundations. These assumptions are brought out of the closet and don't stand up well to scrutiny, lending power to Stein's concluding ethical arguments that we should at the very least demand more of researchers looking into sexual orientation, and perhaps curtail such research altogether. The powerful, heady ideas in The Mismeasure of Desire will keep you thinking for years to come. --Rob Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I found this to be a dry read but very interesting nonetheless. A great insight into theories reasoning why we are sexually oriented the way we are. Read morePublished on May 26, 2011 by James Holsworth
Stein claims his training and background is in Anglo-American analytic philosophy, which serves as his "methodology" and template. The bibliography gives truth to that lie. Read morePublished on November 24, 2007 by D. S. Heersink
Stein's examination of how we define sexuality, deal with desire and how we examine and study human sexuality all come under the microscope of this amazing, smart and well-written... Read morePublished on July 8, 2007 by Jerry G. Prochazka
THE MISMEASURE OF DESIRE is a scholarly work examining the current trends in research on the origins of sexual orientation and the ethics of using the information we glean from... Read morePublished on December 28, 2000 by Joan Mazza
Stein claims that by applying philosophy to the study of sexual orientation, he has shed light on the subject, but it seems rather that he has muddled the issue by introducing... Read morePublished on January 30, 2000 by Martin Chatham
A clearly written, calm, thorough and incisive critique of the prevailing assumptions about biology and sexual orientation. Read morePublished on November 5, 1999
It's too bad that the reviewer from Seattle found Stein's book less inspiring than she'd hoped. If she found it tough going, it's because the issues themselves are complex and... Read morePublished on November 4, 1999