Women, Men, and Gender: Ongoing Debates / Edition 1

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In this timely book, experts from a wide range of disciplines take opposing views on such important gender controversies as learning and knowing, conversational style, partner violence, sexuality, leadership styles, and pornography. Mary Roth Walsh follows the format she established in her highly acclaimed book The Psychology of Women, presenting new issues and perspectives on subjects sure to intrigue all students of gender studies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300069389
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 472
  • Product dimensions: 7.07 (w) x 9.87 (h) x 1.24 (d)

Table of Contents

Publication Information
List of Contributors
Introduction 1
Question 1 Research Priorities: Should We Continue to Study Gender Differences? 15
No: Cataloging Gender Differences: Science or Politics? 19
Yes: Comparing Women and Men: Methods, Findings, and Politics 24
Question 2 Biological Causation: Are Gender Differences Wired into Our Biology? 33
Yes: Sex Differences Emerge during the First Year of Life 37
No: Biology Does Not Create Gender Differences in Personality 44
Question 3 Diversity Issues: Are Race, Class, and Gender of Comparable Importance in Producing Inequality? 55
Yes: Doing Difference 58
No: On West and Fenstermaker's 'Doing Difference' 73
Question 4 Conversational Style: Do Women and Men Speak Different Languages? 79
Yes: Women and Men Talking: An Interactional Sociolinguistic Approach 82
No: Women and Men Talking: Are They Worlds Apart? 91
Question 5 Nonverbal Behavior: Are Women's Superior Skills Caused by Their Oppression? 101
Yes: On Oppressing Hypotheses: Or, Differences in Nonverbal Sensitivity Revisited 104
No: "Subordination and Nonverbal Sensitivity: A Hypothesis in Search of Support 120
Question 6 Negotiation Strategies: Do Women and Men Have Different Styles? 135
Yes: Her Place at the Table: Gender and Negotiation 138
No: Gender versus Power as a Predictor of Negotiation Behavior and Outcomes 145
Question 7 Pornography: Is It Harmful to Women? 155
Yes: Pornography Causes Harm to Women 158
No: Why Censoring Pornography Would Not Reduce Discrimination or Violence against Women 170
Question 8 Sexual Orientation: Is It Determined by Biology? 181
Yes: The Innateness of Homosexuality 184
No: Transitions from Heterosexuality to Lesbianism: The Discursive Production of Lesbian Identities 188
Question 9 Domestic Violence: Are Women as Likely as Men to Initiate Physical Assaults in Partner Relationships? 207
Yes: Physical Assaults by Women Partners: A Major Social Problem 210
No: Physical Assaults by Male Partners: A Major Social Problem 222
Question 10 Rape: Are Rape Statistics Exaggerated? 233
Yes: Advocacy Research Exaggerates Rape Statistics 236
No: Rape Statistics Are Not Exaggerated 243
Question 11 Ways of Knowing: Do Women and Men Have Different Ways of Knowing? 249
Yes: Ways of Knowing: Does Gender Matter? 252
No: What We Do Not Know about Women's Ways of Knowing 261
Question 12 Mathematics: Is Biology the Cause of Gender Differences in Performance? 271
Yes: Psychological Profiles of the Mathematically Talented: Some Sex Differences and Evidence Supporting Their Biological Basis 274
No: Gender Differences in Math Performance: No Big, Not Biological 283
Question 13 Leadership: Do Women and Men Have Different Ways of Leading? 291
Yes: Leadership and the Paradox of Gender 294
No: Leadership and Gender: Vive la Difference? 298
Question 14 Discrimination: Is Sex Stereotyping the Cause of Workplace Discrimination? 307
No: The American Psychological Association's Amicus Curiae Brief in Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins 310
Yes: What Constitutes a Scientific Review? A Majority Retort to Barrett and Morris 321
Question 15 Diagnosis: Is There Gender Bias in the 1994 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV)? 337
Yes: The Politics of Psychiatry: Gender and Sexual Preference in DSM-IV 340
No: Gender Issues in DSM-IV 348
Question 16 Relational Therapy: Is the Stone Center's Relational Theory a Source of Empowerment for Women? 359
No: On the New Psychology of Women: A Cautionary View 362
Yes: The Relational Model Is a Source of Empowerment for Women 373
Question 17 Women's Behavior: Do Mothers Harm Their Children When They Work Outside the Home? 383
Yes: Nurseries and Daycare Centers Do Not Meet Infant Needs 386
No: There Is No Evidence That Mothers Harm Their Infants and Toddlers by Working Outside the Home 391
Question 18 Men's Behavior: Is the Mythopoetic Men's Movement Creating New Obstacles for Women? 399
No: We've Come a Long Way, Too, Baby. And We've Still Got a Ways to Go. So Give Us a Break! 402
Yes: Weekend Warriors: The New Men's Movement 406
Index 421
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