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Why gender is strange, even when it's played straight, and how race and money are two of its most dramatic ingredients. In this volume in the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series, Kathryn Bond Stockton explores the fascinating, fraught, intimate, morphing matter of gender. Stockton argues for gender's strangeness, no matter how normal the concept seems; gender is queer for everyone, she claims, even when it's played quite straight. And she explains how race and money dramatically shape everybody's gender, even in sometimes surprising ways. Playful but serious, erudite and witty, Stockton marshals an impressive array of exhibits to consider, including dolls and their new gendering, the thrust of Jane Austen and Lil Nas X, gender identities according to women's colleges, gay and transgender ballroom scenes, and much more. Stockton also examines gender in light of biology's own strange ways, its out-of-syncness with male and female, explaining attempts to fortify gender with clothing, language, labor, and hair. She investigates gender as a concept--its concerning history, its bewitching pleasures and falsifications--by meeting the moment of where we are, with its many genders and counters-to-gender. This compelling background propels the question that drives this book and foregrounds race: what is the opposite sex, after all? If there is no opposite, doesn't the male/female duo undergirding gender come undone? show more

Book details

EAN

9780262542609

Classifications

Gender studies, gender groups

Format

Paperback / softback

Number of pages

256 pages

Weight(g)

238g

Dimensions(mm)

127 x 176 x 20

Publication date

2021-08-31

Publisher

MIT Press Ltd

Readership

General (US: Trade)

Series

The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series

Series Editor

Imprint

-

Publication City/Country

United States

Language

English

EAN 9780262542609
Classification Gender studies, gender groups
Format Paperback / softback
Number of pages 256 pages
Weight(g) 238g
Dimensions(mm) 127 x 176 x 20
Publication date 2021-08-31
Publisher MIT Press Ltd
Readership General (US: Trade)
Series The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series
Series Editor
Imprint -
Publication City/Country United States
Language: English

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