By Roger N. Lancaster
Roger N. Lancaster presents the definitive rebuttal of evolutionary just-so tales approximately males, girls, and the character of wish during this lively exposé of the heterosexual fables that pervade pop culture, from prime-time sitcoms to clinical theories concerning the so-called homosexual gene. Lancaster hyperlinks the new resurgence of organic causes for gender norms, sexual wishes, and human nature more often than not with the present pitched battles over sexual politics. principles a few "hardwired" and immutable human nature are circulating at a pivotal second in human heritage, he argues, one within which dramatic alterations in gender roles and an unparalleled normalization of lesbian and homosexual relationships are hard obtained notions and quite often held convictions on each front.
The hassle with Nature takes on significant media sources—the long island occasions, Newsweek—and broadly ballyhooed medical reviews and ideas to teach how newshounds, scientists, and others invoke the rhetoric of technology to help political positions within the absence of any genuine proof. Lancaster additionally offers a unique and dramatic research of the social, ancient, and political backdrop for altering discourses on "nature," together with an incisive critique of the disasters of queer concept to appreciate the social conflicts of the instant. via exhibiting how reductivist factors for sexual orientation lean on essentialist rules approximately gender, Lancaster invitations us to imagine extra deeply and creatively approximately human acts and social family.
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The Trouble with Nature: Sex in Science and Popular Culture by Roger N. Lancaster