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Gender Blending: Confronting the Limits of Dualityby Holly Devor
Synopses & Reviews
"A major contribution to the understanding of gender." --Anne Bolin
"Its readable style achieves a unique balance of the personal with scientific rigor." --Contemporary Sociology
"Holly Devor's Gender Blending is a pathfinding study that creates a new frontier in sex and gender research." --Journal of the History of Sexuality
..". a fascinating study... " --Choice
Fifteen women who have to varying degrees rejected traditional femininity, but not their femaleness, discuss their lives with Devor. These women, sometimes mistaken for men, choose to minimize their female vulnerability in a patriarchal world by minimizing their femininity.
Book News Annotation:
The author interviewed 15 female but are often mistaken for men. She studies the characteristics that cause the mistaken impression as well as early development, social adjustment, sexuality, and other gender issues. Cloth edition ($35) 31637-5.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Gender Blending offers a deeper appreciation of the social construction of gender. Any woman who has questioned the value of the concept of femininity will find the experiences of these gender blending females revealing and important to view of woman's place in patriarchy.
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