Sex Science Self: A Social History of Estrogen, Testosterone, and Identity

Sex Science Self: A Social History of Estrogen, Testosterone, and Identity

by Bob Ostertag


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625342133
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
Publication date: 05/31/2016
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Bob Ostertag is professor of cinema and digital media at the University of California, Davis. He is the author of three books, including Creative Life: Music, Politics, People, and Machines. He is also an internationally known composer, performer, instrument builder, activist, and journalist. More information about his work can be found on his website,

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Words xi

Introduction 1

1 Before Pharmaceuticals 22

2 The "Male Sex Hormone" and the Testosterone Gold Rush 50

3 The "Female Sex Hormone," the Goddess of Fortune 62

4 The Estrogen Mess 73

5 The Testosterone Comeback 85

6 "Sex Hormones" Redux-Not Yours, Your Mother's 94

7 Brain Organization Theory 108

8 The Contemporary Landscape 134

Conclusion 145

Afterword 169

Notes 173

Index 187

What People are Saying About This

Michael Bronski

Sex Science Self makes a significant contribution to the field of LGBT studies by placing debates about trans identity and politics in a new, provocative context. Wonderfully written, the book guides its readers through a great deal of complicated scientific material in clear, direct, and highly readable language, making it both accessible and completely engaging.

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