Rothblatt makes a case for the adoption of a new sexual model that accommodates every shade of gender identity. She reveals that traditional male and female roles are dictated neither by genetics, genitals, nor reproductive biology, but rather by social attitudes that originated in early patriarchal cultures and that have been institutionalized in modern law, and she calls a new acceptance of human sexuality in all its prismatic variety. 10 charts.
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Dividing people according to gender is as pernicious and nonsensical as racial apartheid. In this bold and provocative manifesto, Martine Rothblatt shows clearly that traditional male and female roles are defined neither by genetics, nor genitals, nor biology, but by social attitudes. These constricting roles cause utter misery to countless people, and must be swept away in favour of a radical continuum of gender and sexuality.
"'The Apartheid of Sex' is a groundbreaking book. Rothblatt makes a reasoned call to dismantle a two-sex system. She would replace it with one of multiple sexes and sexuality. Both her biological and her sociological analyses are sound. Read this book and you will glimpse a possible future in which people place themselves on a continuum of sex and gender. Some will find this vision threatening, others will experience it as liberating and exhilarating."
PROFESSOR ANNE FAUSTO-STERLING, Author of 'Myth and Gender'
"This provocative treatise may eventually take its place beside the classic feminist works of Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem and Germaine Greer."
THE SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER
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Book Description Harper Collins Publishers, London, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. xiii-178pp. Index. Light tanning to pages and edgewear to covers o/w a VG copy. Remainder. Bookseller Inventory # 023480