Higher Education

Sex and Gender: A Spectrum of Views, 1st Edition

  • Philip E. Devine Providence College
  • Celia Wolf-Devine Stonehill College
  • ISBN-10: 0534523382  |  ISBN-13: 9780534523381
  • 400 Pages
  • © 2003 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $151.50



SEX AND GENDER: A SPECTRUM OF VIEWS provides a medium for discussion and debate about today's most provocative issues concerning human sexuality and the relationships between masculinity and femininity. Including a spectrum of views that ranges from the stridently conservative to the progressively feminist, this anthology engages students in these subjects using a wider range of standpoints than is typical of such readers.

Table of Contents

Preface for Instructors.
Introduction for Students.
About the Editors.
About the Contributors.
Methodological Prologue: How Should We Think about Sex and Gender? D.H. Lawrence: A Propos of Lady Chatterly's Lover. Janet Radcliffe Richards: The Fruits of Unreason.
1. Male and Female: Is the Distinction Natural or Conventional?
Jan Morris: My Conundrum. Anthony Mastroeni: The Principle of Totality´┐ŻA Possible Justification for Transsexual Surgery. Stephen B. Clark: The Universality of Sex Roles. Suzanne Kessler and Wendy McKenna: The Primacy of Gender Attribution. Richard Wasserstrom: Sex Roles and the Ideal Society. Mary Midgley and Judith Hughes: Biology, Mere and Otherwise. Roger Scruton: Sex and Gender.
2. Sexuality: The Flesh and the Spirit.
Richard Mohr: The Inherent Privacy of Sex. Andrea Dworkin: Intercourse. Bertrand Russell: The Place of Sex Among Human Values. Thomas Nagel: Sexual Perversion. Richard Connell: Reproduction as the Goal of Sexuality. Niles Newton: Sexual Intercourse: Its Relation to the Rest of Women's Sexual Role. Susan Lydon: The Politics of Orgasm. Richard Rodriguez: The Late Vicotrians. Arlene Stein: From Old Gay to New. Plato: The Ladder or Eros.
3. Reproduction: How Far Should We Try to Control It?
Sallie Tisdale: We Do Abortions Here. Judith Jarvis Thomson: A Defense of Abortion. Celia Wolf-Devine: Abortion and the Feminine Voice. Rosemary Radford Ruether: Birth Control and the Ideals of Marital Sexuality. Cormac Burke: Marriage and Contraception: Donors and Surrogates.
John Robertson: Collaborative Reproduction. Jean Bethke Elshtain: Technology as Destiny. Hilde Lindemann Nelson and James Lindemann Nelson: Cutting Motherhood in Two.
4. Marriage and Family: Is the Traditional Family a Good Thing?
Donald Hatcher: Existential Ethics and Why It's Immoral to be a Housewife. Sandra Bartky: Feeding Egos and Tending Wounds: Deference and Disaffection in Women's Emotional Labor.
John Rawls: Justice and the Family. Michael Sandel: Liberalism and the Limits of Justice. Susan Moller Okin: Justice, Gender and the Family. Phyllis Schlafly: The Power of the Positive Woman.
Jean Behtke Elshtain: Feminists Against the Family. Sylvia Ann Hewlett: When the Bough Breaks.
5. Politics: Gender in the Public Arena.
Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar: Sex Wars: Not the Fun Kind. Alison Jaggar: Political Philosophies of Women's Liberation. Juli Loesch Wiley: Social Feminism: Reweaving Society.
Louis Katzner: Is the Favoring of Women and Blacks in Employment and Educational Opportunities Justified? Laura Purdy: In Defense of Hiring Apparently Less Qualified Women.
Catherine MacKinnon: Sexual Harassment: Its First Decade in Count. Katie Roiphe: Reckless Eyeballing. Michael Novak: Men Without Women. Timothy F. Murphy: Homosex/Ethics. Andrew Sullivan: The Conservative Case for Same-Sex Marriage. Robert P. George: 'Same-Sex Marriage' and 'Moral Neutrality'. David Orgon Coolidge: The Question of Marriage: Two Arguments. Paula Ettlelbrick: Since When is Marriage a Path to Liberation?. E.J. Graff: Retying the Knot.
6. Religion: Naming the Supreme Being.
Mircea Eliade: The Sacredness of Nature and Cosmic Religion: Sky Gods and Mother Earth. Genesis: Chapters 1-3. Carol P. Christ: Why Women Need the Goddess: Phenomenological, Psychological, and Political Reflections. Elizabeth Johnson: Basic Linguistic Options: God, Women Equivalence. Juli Loesch Wiley: On the Fatherhood of God and Is 'God the Mother' Just as Good? Richard Davis: Inclusive Language: A Christian Gay Man's View. Susan Heine: God the Father, God the Mother, and Goddesses. Gary Culpepper: Why Christians Name God 'Father'. Rosemary Radford Ruether: Ecofeminism: Symbolic and Social Connections of the Oppression of Women and the Domination of Nature. Edith Black: Women in Genesis 1-3.
Tamar Frankiel: Judaism and Feminine Spirituality.

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"A fascinating volume that offers a wealth of material on a variety of provocative topics. The selections are well-organized and well-balanced, and thus ideal for classroom use."

— Steven M. Cahn, CUNY Graduate Center

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Philip E. Devine

Philip E. Devine received his Ph.D. from The University of California, Berkelely and currently teaches at Providence College.

Celia Wolf-Devine

Celia Wolf-Devine received her Ph.D. from The University of Wisconsin and currently teaches at Stonehill College.