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orca
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I'm pursuing a bachelor's in sociology and have been reading some interesting books, but none of them deal with gender. I read a really good study on gender roles and how society constructs gender. Since then, I've been wanting to read some more books or studies on gender. I tried looking through Barnes and Nobles, but I got a little pissed since a lot of the books just sounded sexist against women and seemed to only endorse society's views on gender. Does anyone have any suggestions of GOOD books on gender and gender roles?

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I'd suggest starting with Judith Butler -- Gender Trouble would likely be the best one to start with.

(I presume you mean gender rather than biological sex?)

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Yes, I do mean gender rather than biological sex. [Smile] I'd read Judith Lorber--"Night to His Day: The Social Construction of Gender" last year and it fascinated me. So I guess that'd be gender identity? My college only offers one course in gender and it's only in the summer, which my scholarship doesn't cover. [Frown]
Thanks for the book suggestion! Any other ones? [Smile]

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I took a look at Butler's book on Barnes and Noble's website and came across another one of hers.
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbninquiry.asp?ean=9780415969239&pwb=1&z=y

Do you know if it's any good?
(And thanks for the help. I've been wanting to explore this subject more for a while but didn't know where to begin. Thanks for taking the time to give suggestions.)

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It's very good, IMO. That'd have been the other I'd suggest.

And if you do want to also look into issues of biological sex as well, I'd suggest looking into Dr. Anne Fausto-Sterling's work (we share the same publisher now, which is thrilling as hell to me, because the woman is a freaking genius). "Sexing the Body" is more about biological sex, and "Myths of Gender" bring it all together.

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quote:
Originally posted by Heather:
I'd suggest starting with Judith Butler -- Gender Trouble would likely be the best one to start with.

START with Gender trouble?! That book's crazy written! I'm not that fluent in psychoanalysis so it was very confusing for me. but well worth the struggle. Bodies that matter (also by butler) is also great. Reading someone who analysis' Butler is good.

+1 on Fausto- Sterling

Michel Foucault's History of Sexuality (vol. 1) is an important work - contentious among feminists but undeniably important.

Some of my other favourites are

Robert Connell's Gender & Power

Susan Bordo; The male Body, a new Look in public and private and Unbearable weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body,(about eating disorders) is great - Bordo is an amazing writer, easy to read and funny.


Gayle Rubin, especially - "Thinking Sex: Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality - is a really good introduction.

I majored in gender studies a while back, and a bit of a nerd - I mainly looked at bodies, masculinity and sexuality - these are what i can think of off the top of my head, if you need any more/more focussed suggestions email/PM me and I'd be happy to think up some other suggestions [Smile]

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Check out:

Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism & the Scapegoating of Femininity, by Julia Serano (a biologist and trans woman, she has fascinating ideas on gender)

Backlash, by Susan Faludi - a classic

Women, Race & Class, by Angela Y. Davis

The Beauty Myth, by Naomi Wolf (her other writing is hit and miss, but this book of hers is worth reading)

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A few more.

Don't think anyone has mentioned Kate Bornstein's excellent and readable Gender Outlaw

also, speaking of Susan Faludi - Stiffed, a look at American masculinity in the 20th centrury is a enjoyable, readable piece with some good arguments.

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