Challenging Popular Myths of Sex, Gender and Biology

  • Malin Ah-King

Part of the Crossroads of Knowledge book series (CROKNOW, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Malin Ah-King
    Pages 1-8
  3. Root Gorelick, Jessica Carpinone, Lindsay Jackson Derraugh
    Pages 9-22
  4. Josefin A. Madjidian, Kristina Karlsson Green, Åsa Lankinen
    Pages 33-42
  5. Jonathan P. Drury
    Pages 43-52
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 101-104

About this book


This edited volume challenges popular notions of sex, gender and biology and features international, trans-disciplinary research. The book begins with an exploration of supposedly ‘natural’ sexual differences, then looks at research in evolutionary biology and examines topics such as gender stereotypes in humans.

The first chapters explore important questions: What are the fundamental sex differences? How do genes and hormones influence an individual’s sex? Subsequent chapters concern topics including: sex stereotypes in the field of sexual conflict, how the focus on genes in evolutionary biology disregards other means of inheritance, and the development of Darwin's theory of sex differences. 

The last three chapters look at humans, discussing: an interdisciplinary approach to the evolution of sex differences in body height, biological versus social constructive perspectives on the gendering of voices and nature-culture arguments in the current political debate on paternity leave in Norway.


Disorders of Sex Development evolutionary biology gender hierarchy gender identity gender stereotypes gender studies human sex differences intersexuality mate choice natural binary parenthood Norway paternity leave sexual conflict sexual selection

Editors and affiliations

  • Malin Ah-King
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Gender ResearchUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden

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