Third Sex, Third Gender: Beyond Sexual Dimorphism in Culture and History edited by Gilbert Herdt

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Most modern discussions of the relationship of biological sex to gender presuppose that there are two genders, male and female, founded on the two biological sexes. But not all cultures share this essentialist assumption, and even Western societies have not always embraced it. Bringing together historical and anthropological studies, Third Sex, Third Gender challenges the usual emphasis on sexual dimorphism and reproduction, providing a unique perspective on the various forms of socialization of people who are neither "male" nor "female.

Zone Books, 1996.
ISBN: 9780942299823. 614 pp.
Softcover. Very good.
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