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    DescriptionTurning Freud's famous dictum around, Thomas Laqueur posits that destiny is anatomy. Sex, in other words, is an artifice and "Making Sex" tells the story of sex in the west from the ancients to the moderns. The reader cannot fail to recognize the players in Laqueur's story - the human sexual organs and pleasures, food, blood, semen, egg, sperm - but the reader will be amazed at the plots into which they have been woven by scientists, political activists, literary figures, and theorists of every discipline. The book looks at how our predecessors, including physicians and scientists, thought about anatomy and analyzes our ideas on gender.


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    Title
    Making Sex
    Subtitle
    Body and Gender from the Greeks to Freud
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Thomas Laqueur
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 162 mm
    Height: 230 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 522 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780674543553
    ISBN 10: 0674543556
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27440
    B&T Book Type: NF
    DC21: 305.3
    BIC E4L: SOC
    BIC subject category V2: JFCX
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.4
    BIC subject category V2: JFSJ
    Ingram Theme: APPR/CLASSA
    LC classification: BF
    B&T General Subject: 670
    BISAC V2.8: PSY016000
    DC22: 305.3
    Ingram Subject Code: GS
    Libri: I-GS
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Approval Code: A31620000, A11490000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    Abridged Dewey: 155
    BISAC V2.8: SOC032000
    Thema V1.0: JBSF, JBCC9
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    06 March 1992
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass
    Review quote
    [Making Sex is] a brilliant documentation of difference between the one-sex and two-sex models...presenting a simple theme with broad and cascading implications...I didn't need Laqueur to teach me that sex was interesting, but now I have a broader base for this greatest of certainties. -- Stephen Jay Gould New York Review of Books [Laqueur] gives us an excellent sense of how our predecessors, including physicians and scientists, thought about the anatomy that fascinates every schoolchild...No one can doubt, after reading this book, that our notions of masculinity or femininity have been imposed on what are supposed to be objective biological observations. -- Melvin Konner New York Times Book Review [In this] challenging analysis of our ideas on gender...Laqueur shows how radically our consciousness of ourselves, our bodies, our sex has changed over the centuries. The categories we think of as most basic turn out to be mutable...And in this transformation, Laqueur emphasises, social changes were as crucial as medical teachings. -- Roy Porter The Independent
    Table of contents
    1. Of Language and the Flesh 2. Destiny Is Anatomy 3. New Science, One Flesh 4. Representing Sex 5. Discovery of the Sexes 6. Sex Socialized Notes Credits Index