Sex, Cells, and Same-Sex Desire: The Biology of Sexual Preference

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Routledge, Feb 25, 2014 - Psychology - 488 pages
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This fascinating new book explores the myriad aspects of biological theories of sexual preference. Sex, Cells, and Same-Sex Desire describes, reviews, and questions recent biological research on sexual preference from the point of view of knowledgeable scientists and of scholars in the social sciences and humanities representing the emerging field of gay studies. The issues involved have a vibrant history, are wide-ranging, and remain the objects of much controversy. This book demystifies biological research on sexual preference and makes it accessible to readers unfamiliar with biological and medical research.

Sex, Cells, and Same-Sex Desire is divided into several sections, each of which is introduced by an explanation of key concepts and terms found in that section. The book begins with a discussion of the history of biological theories and sociocultural concepts of gender and sexuality. The next 3 sections explore specialized areas of biological science and related issues: genetics and evaluation, hormones and the endocrine system, and brain physiology and structure. A final section discusses social stigma, science, and medicine. A glossary of terms used by the authors is included, so readers may look up those that may be unfamiliar.
 

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Contents

Preface
HISTORICAL AND CONCEPTUAL BACKGROUND
Rainer HerrnPhD Homosexuality Biology andIdeology Günter Haumann
IS SEXUAL PREFERENCE DETERMINED
The Inclusive Fitness Hypothesis of Sociobiology
Sexual Preference and Altruism
A Critique of the Critics
IS SEXUAL PREFERENCE DETERMINED
IS SEXUAL PREFERENCE DETERMINED BY
Brain Research Gender and Sexual Orientation
Psychobiological Research on Sexual Orientation
MISLABELING SOCIAL STIGMA SCIENCE
Is There a Relationship?
DepoProvera and John Moneys New Sexual Order
CONCLUSION
Index

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