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A better half to Gender History surveys the heritage of girls world wide, reports their interplay with males in gendered societies, and appears on the position of gender in shaping human habit over hundreds of thousands of years.

• an in depth survey of the background of girls world wide, their interplay with males, and the function of gender in shaping human habit over millions of years.
• Discusses kinfolk historical past, the historical past of the physique and sexuality, and cultural historical past along women’s historical past and gender heritage.
• Considers the significance of sophistication, zone, ethnicity, race and faith to the formation of gendered societies.
• comprises either thematic essays and chronological-geographic essays.
• provides due weight to pre-history and the pre-modern period in addition to to the fashionable period.
• Written by means of students from around the English-speaking international and students for whom English isn't their first language.

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Furth, Charlotte (1999) A Flourishing Yin: Gender in China’s Medical History, 960–1665. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. Gilman, Sander (1985b) Difference and Pathology: Stereotypes of Sexuality, Race and Madness. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. Hacking, Ian (1995) Rewriting the Soul: Multiple Personality and the Sciences of Memory. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. Halperin, David (1990) One Hundred Years of Homosexuality. London: Routledge. Herdt, Gilbert, ed. (1994) Third Sex, Third Gender: Beyond Sexual Dimorphism in Culture and History.

Thus, sado-masochistic perversions that characterized women as whip-wielding dominatrix and men as groveling slaves were a direct inversion of the gender hierarchy. Inversion in either sex was by definition sterile, as was a fetishistic obsession with shoes, nails, bonnets, locks of hair, oysters, or any other object that deflected “normal” vaginal intromission and ejaculation. The entire family of fetishes violated the gender order by focusing on objects, or on the “wrong” sex, the love that a man and woman owed spouses and children.

Gay and lesbian liberation exploded with dramatic force in the summer of 1969 at the Stonewall bar in New York City, when a routine police raid on a neighborhood bar provoked violent resistance from the gay clientele. Word spread quickly in urban gay communities throughout urban America and Europe, setting in motion gay liberation movements that were unafraid to threaten or use radical means for achieving the decriminalization of homosexuality and other meaningful legal reforms. Urbanites in cities with long-established gay communities, and the educated readers of Alfred Kinsey’s influential publications on human sexuality in the late 1940s and early 1950s knew about the existence of homosexual minorities, but until the 1970s punitive legislation, police surveillance and widespread discrimination kept most gay men and lesbians on the defensive.

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