Challenging Popular Myths of Sex, Gender and Biology
This edited volume challenges popular notions of sex, gender and biology and features international, trans-disciplinary research. The book begins with an exploration of supposedly ‘natural’ sexual differences, then looks at research in evolutionary biology and examines topics such as gender stereotypes in humans.
The first chapters explore important questions: What are the fundamental sex differences? How do genes and hormones influence an individual’s sex? Subsequent chapters concern topics including: sex stereotypes in the field of sexual conflict, how the focus on genes in evolutionary biology disregards other means of inheritance, and the development of Darwin's theory of sex differences.
The last three chapters look at humans, discussing: an interdisciplinary approach to the evolution of sex differences in body height, biological versus social constructive perspectives on the gendering of voices and nature-culture arguments in the current political debate on paternity leave in Norway.
Deepens the readers’ understanding of biology, sex and gender by going beyond popular conceptions Offers a critique of conventional understandings of sex and gender Demonstrates that current research findings suggest alternative ways of conceiving of sex, gender and biologyOpens up a space for variable and non-static views of sex and gender