Sex and Gender: A Spectrum of Views / Edition 1

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SEX AND GENDER: A SPECTRUM OF VIEWS provides a medium for discussion and debate about today's most provocative issues concerning human sexuality and the relationships between masculinity and femininity. Including a spectrum of views that ranges from the stridently conservative to the progressively feminist, this anthology engages students in these subjects using a wider range of standpoints than is typical of such readers.

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"A fascinating volume that offers a wealth of material on a variety of provocative topics. The selections are well-organized and well-balanced, and thus ideal for classroom use."
A text presenting a wide range of readings on the subject of human sexuality and male-female relationships, with the aim of "facilitating dialogue among the warring factions in our current cultural conflicts over sex and gender issues." Each of the six units (male/female, sexuality, reproduction, tradition and family, gender politics, and religion) includes a substantial introduction, conclusions, detailed questions, and recommended further reading. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534523381
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 4/18/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip E. Devine received his Ph.D. from The University of California, Berkelely and currently teaches at Providence College.

Celia Wolf-Devine received her Ph.D. from The University of Wisconsin and currently teaches at Stonehill College.

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Table of Contents

Preface for Instructors. Introduction for Students. About the Editors. About the Contributors. Methodological Prologue: How Should We Think about Sex and Gender? D.H. Lawrence: A Propos of Lady Chatterly's Lover. Janet Radcliffe Richards: The Fruits of Unreason. 1. Male and Female: Is the Distinction Natural or Conventional? Jan Morris: My Conundrum. Anthony Mastroeni: The Principle of Totality—A Possible Justification for Transsexual Surgery. Stephen B. Clark: The Universality of Sex Roles. Suzanne Kessler and Wendy McKenna: The Primacy of Gender Attribution. Richard Wasserstrom: Sex Roles and the Ideal Society. Mary Midgley and Judith Hughes: Biology, Mere and Otherwise. Roger Scruton: Sex and Gender. 2. Sexuality: The Flesh and the Spirit. Richard Mohr: The Inherent Privacy of Sex. Andrea Dworkin: Intercourse. Bertrand Russell: The Place of Sex Among Human Values. Thomas Nagel: Sexual Perversion. Richard Connell: Reproduction as the Goal of Sexuality. Niles Newton: Sexual Intercourse: Its Relation to the Rest of Women's Sexual Role. Susan Lydon: The Politics of Orgasm. Richard Rodriguez: The Late Vicotrians. Arlene Stein: From Old Gay to New. Plato: The Ladder or Eros. 3. Reproduction: How Far Should We Try to Control It? Sallie Tisdale: We Do Abortions Here. Judith Jarvis Thomson: A Defense of Abortion. Celia Wolf-Devine: Abortion and the Feminine Voice. Rosemary Radford Ruether: Birth Control and the Ideals of Marital Sexuality. Cormac Burke: Marriage and Contraception: Donors and Surrogates. John Robertson: Collaborative Reproduction. Jean Bethke Elshtain: Technology as Destiny. Hilde Lindemann Nelson and James Lindemann Nelson: Cutting Motherhood in Two. 4. Marriage and Family: Is the Traditional Family a Good Thing? Donald Hatcher: Existential Ethics and Why It's Immoral to be a Housewife. Sandra Bartky: Feeding Egos and Tending Wounds: Deference and Disaffection in Women's Emotional Labor. John Rawls: Justice and the Family. Michael Sandel: Liberalism and the Limits of Justice. Susan Moller Okin: Justice, Gender and the Family. Phyllis Schlafly: The Power of the Positive Woman. Jean Behtke Elshtain: Feminists Against the Family. Sylvia Ann Hewlett: When the Bough Breaks. 5. Politics: Gender in the Public Arena. Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar: Sex Wars: Not the Fun Kind. Alison Jaggar: Political Philosophies of Women's Liberation. Juli Loesch Wiley: Social Feminism: Reweaving Society. Louis Katzner: Is the Favoring of Women and Blacks in Employment and Educational Opportunities Justified? Laura Purdy: In Defense of Hiring Apparently Less Qualified Women. Catherine MacKinnon: Sexual Harassment: Its First Decade in Count. Katie Roiphe: Reckless Eyeballing. Michael Novak: Men Without Women. Timothy F. Murphy: Homosex/Ethics. Andrew Sullivan: The Conservative Case for Same-Sex Marriage. Robert P. George: ''Same-Sex Marriage'' and ''Moral Neutrality''. David Orgon Coolidge: The Question of Marriage: Two Arguments. Paula Ettlelbrick: Since When is Marriage a Path to Liberation?. E.J. Graff: Retying the Knot. 6. Religion: Naming the Supreme Being. Mircea Eliade: The Sacredness of Nature and Cosmic Religion: Sky Gods and Mother Earth. Genesis: Chapters 1-3. Carol P. Christ: Why Women Need the Goddess: Phenomenological, Psychological, and Political Reflections. Elizabeth Johnson: Basic Linguistic Options: God, Women Equivalence. Juli Loesch Wiley: On the Fatherhood of God and Is ''God the Mother'' Just as Good? Richard Davis: Inclusive Language: A Christian Gay Man's View. Susan Heine: God the Father, God the Mother, and Goddesses. Gary Culpepper: Why Christians Name God ''Father''. Rosemary Radford Ruether: Ecofeminism: Symbolic and Social Connections of the Oppression of Women and the Domination of Nature. Edith Black: Women in Genesis 1-3. Tamar Frankiel: Judaism and Feminine Spirituality.

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