Paradoxes of Gender

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 1995-09-27
  • Publisher: Yale University Press

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In this innovative book, a well-known feminist and sociologist challenges our most basic assumptions about gender. Judith Lorber argues that gender is wholly a product of socialization, subject to human agency, organization, and interpretation, and that it is a social institution comparable to the economy, the family, and necessity of gender, she envisions a society structured for equality, where no gender, racial, ethnic, or social class group is allowed to monopolize positions of power.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Producing Gender
"Night to His Day": The Social Construction of Genderp. 13
Believing Is Seeing: Biology as Ideologyp. 37
How Many Opposites? Gendered Sexualityp. 55
Men as Women and Women as Men: Disrupting Genderp. 80
Waiting for the Goddess: Cultural Images of Genderp. 97
Gender in Practice
Out of Eden: The Social Evolution of Genderp. 123
Rocking the Cradle: Gendered Parentingp. 144
Daily Bread: Gender and Domestic Laborp. 172
Separate and Not Equal: The Gendered Division of Paid Workp. 194
The Politics of Gender
Guarding the Gates: The Micropolitics of Genderp. 225
The Visible Hand: Gender and the Statep. 253
Dismantling Noah's Ark: Gender and Equalityp. 282
Notesp. 303
Bibliographyp. 335
Indexp. 413
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