Great recommendation, thanks. I also suggest a book called “The Myth of Mars and Venus”, though I can’t remember who it’s by, sorry. I think the publicity is the key to this issue; there is so much evidence that there is too much diversity *within* each part of the gender binary to make the division *between* remotely meaningful, but the mainstream press won’t print it, so mainstream culture never gets to see it.
And fear, yes, in the above article it is touched on, and I believe many people are desperate for any kind of certainty in life, even if it is unpleasant. They miss out on so much beauty and truth.
Great recommendation!!! Anne Fausto-Sterling has been writing about this since the 80s as well (“Myths of Gender” and “Sexing the Body”), if anyone is looking for further reading.
What’s really frustrating is, despite these thinkers, we are still stuck in very restrictive categories of sex and gender. We’ve gone from a one-sex model in the 18th and 19th century to a two sex model today and now it seems as though we’ll never see beyond our own “scientific facts” of life. What happened to change the system before, and how do we simulate that with a model that is more representative of our diversity?
‘Truth Games’ http://is.gd/gAg3ZZ shows that men can be faithful and women promiscuous. We’re in 1970s London UK, the two blazing hot summers of 75 and 76, and a group of friends are getting way out of their depth in infidelity. Thought-provoking, amusing and with guaranteed naughty bits.