Evolution’s Rainbow: Diversity, Gender, and Sexuality in Nature and People

Evolution's Rainbow: Diversity, Gender, and Sexuality in Nature and People Author Joan Roughgarden
ISBN-10 0520280458
ISBN-13 9780520280458
Year 2013-09-14
Pages 496
Language English
Publisher University of California Press
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In this innovative celebration of diversity and affirmation of individuality in animals and humans Joan Roughgarden challenges accepted wisdom about gender identity and sexual orientation A distinguished evolutionary biologist Roughgarden takes on the medical establishment the Bible social scienceand even Darwin himself She leads the reader through a fascinating discussion of diversity in gender and sexuality among fish reptiles amphibians birds and mammals including primates Evolution s Rainbow explains how this diversity develops from the action of genes and hormones and how people come to differ from each other in all aspects of body and behavior Roughgarden reconstructs primary science in light of feminist gay and transgender criticism and redefines our understanding of sex gender and sexuality Witty playful and daring this book will revolutionize our understanding of sexuality Roughgarden argues that principal elements of Darwinian sexual selection theory are false and suggests a new theory that emphasizes social inclusion and control of access to resources and mating opportunity She disputes a range of scientific and medical concepts including Wilson s genetic determinism of behavior evolutionary psychology the existence of a gay gene the role of parenting in determining gender identity and Dawkins s selfish gene as the driver of natural selection She dares social science to respect the agency and rationality of diverse people shows that many cultures across the world and throughout history accommodate people we label today as lesbian gay and transgendered and calls on the Christian religion to acknowledge the Bible s many passages endorsing diversity in gender and sexuality Evolution s Rainbow concludes with bold recommendations for improving education in biology psychology and medicine for democratizing genetic engineering and medical practice and for building a public monument to affirm diversity as one of our nation s defining principles

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