9781560247005

Sex, Cells, and Same-Sex Desire : The Biology of Sexual Preference

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    9781560247005

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    1560247002

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1995-07-05
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

This fascinating new book explores the myriad aspects of biological theories of sexual preference. Sex, Cells, and Same-Sex Desire describes, reviews, and questions recent biological research on sexual preference from the point of view of knowledgeable scientists and of scholars in the social sciences and humanities representing the emerging field of gay studies. The issues involved have a vibrant history, are wide-ranging, and remain the objects of much controversy. This book demystifies biological research on sexual preference and makes it accessible to readers unfamiliar with biological and medical research.Sex, Cells, and Same-Sex Desire is divided into several sections, each of which is introduced by an explanation of key concepts and terms found in that section. The book begins with a discussion of the history of biological theories and sociocultural concepts of gender and sexuality. The next 3 sections explore specialized areas of biological science and related issues: genetics and evaluation, hormones and the endocrine system, and brain physiology and structure. A final section discusses social stigma, science, and medicine. A glossary of terms used by the authors is included, so readers may look up those that may be unfamiliar.

Table of Contents

Preface
The Biology of Homosexuality: Sexual Orientation or Sexual Preference?p. 1
On the History of Biological Theories of Homosexualityp. 31
Homosexuality, Biology, and Ideologyp. 57
Female or Male: The Classification of Homosexuality and Genderp. 79
A Critique of the Possibility of Genetic Inheritance of Homosexual Orientationp. 91
Is Homosexuality Genetic? A Critical Review and Some Suggestionsp. 115
Wilson's Panchreston: The Inclusive Fitness Hypothesis of Sociobiology Re-Examinedp. 147
Sexual Preference and Altruismp. 185
Biological Research on Sexual Orientation: A Critique of the Criticsp. 197
Animal Models for the Development of Human Sexuality: A Critical Evaluationp. 217
Biomedical Concepts of Homosexuality: Folk Belief in a White Coatp. 237
Hormones and Sexual Orientation: A Questionable Linkp. 247
Does Peace Prevent Homosexuality?p. 269
Brain Research, Gender, and Sexual Orientationp. 283
Science and Belief: Psychobiological Research on Sexual Orientationp. 303
Sexuality in the Brainp. 345
Biology of Bisexuality: Critique and Observationsp. 357
Dexterity and Sexuality: Is There a Relationship?p. 375
Policing "Perversions": Depo-Provera and John Money's New Sexual Orderp. 397
Sexual Expression: A Global Perspectivep. 427
Glossaryp. 431
Indexp. 447
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