Gender in Transition

A New Frontier

  • Joan Offerman-Zuckerberg

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Gender in Transition

    1. Joan Offerman-Zuckerberg
      Pages 1-6
  3. Gender in Transition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Leanne Domash
      Pages 9-16
    3. Richard M. Zuckerberg
      Pages 17-34
    4. Mary Beth M. Cresci
      Pages 35-46
    5. Gwendolyn L. Gerber
      Pages 47-66
    6. Sophia Richman
      Pages 67-78
  4. New Reproductive Technologies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Harriette Kaley
      Pages 81-92
    3. Linda S. Fidell, Jaroslav Marik, Joan E. Donner, Chris Jenkins-Burk, Janie Koenigsberg, Kathy Magnussen et al.
      Pages 93-110
    4. Joan Einwohner
      Pages 123-132
    5. Dorothea S. McArthur
      Pages 133-149
    6. Bonnie R. Aronowitz, Joseph Feldschuh
      Pages 151-161
    7. Alice Eichholz
      Pages 173-178
    8. Jodie B. Ullman, Linda S. Fidell
      Pages 179-187
    9. Donna Bassin
      Pages 189-202
  5. The 21st Century

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203
    2. Susan S. Lichtendorf
      Pages 205-215
    3. Nadine Taub
      Pages 217-225
    4. Barbara Katz Rothman
      Pages 227-233
    5. Isadore Schmukler, Betsy P. Aigen
      Pages 235-248
    6. April Martin
      Pages 249-262
    7. Stephen B. Goldman
      Pages 263-274
    8. Susan Bram
      Pages 275-284
    9. Alice Eichholz
      Pages 285-295
    10. Joan Offerman-Zuckerberg
      Pages 297-297
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 299-310

About this book


The wish for a child runs deep, as does the desire for parenthood. It is a wish that is essential to the continuance of the human species. It derives its motive power from many interrelated sources: psychobiological, sociological, historical. Yet it is a power that is changing hands. A short decade ago, Louise Brown was born. Prior to this event, human beings had begun biological life deep inside a female body. Louise Brown's birth signaled the beginning of a new era: The door to a new biotechnological world was opened, a world of artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, surrogacy, embryo transplants, amniocentesis, gender preselection-procedures imagined but never before realized, leading perhaps to the injection of new genetic material into frozen embryos. Indeed, what had been, since Eve, an exclusively female power and prerogative has now been invaded by 20th-century biotechnology. The womb has been replaced, and sperm and egg can now be joined without love and romance. Change brings with it new questions: A complex inquiry has been generated by issues that are psychological, ethical, moral, biological, sociological, and legal. Simultaneously, and not incidentally or accidentally, gender psychology is in transi­ tion. As we enter an androgynous zone, cultural heroes shift, new couples emerge. Gender roles are redefined, and renegotiated, not without struggle and apprehen­ sion. We are approaching a new frontier-hopeful, self-conscious, and anxious. The possibilities are endless, as are the problems.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Joan Offerman-Zuckerberg
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Psychoanalytic Society of the Postdoctoral Program for Study and Research in PsychologyNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Brooklyn Institute for PsychotherapyBrooklynUSA
  3. 3.National Institute for the PsychotherapiesNew YorkUSA
  4. 4.Yeshiva UniversityNew YorkUSA

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