On today’s show, we look at the seemingly obvious idea that women and men are opposites. So many cultures historically have assumed this to be so, and so many of these cultures have argued that differences between men and women had a natural basis. We will see how difficult that argument has been to maintain as science has probed deeper into the human body.
Guest essay: Amber Hoerauf, “The Hormone Revolution”
- for further reading:
- Anne Fausto-Sterling, “The Five Sexes: Why Male and Female Are Not Enough,” The Sciences (March/April 1993): 20-25; and “The Five Sexes Revisited,” The Sciences (July/August 2000): 18-23.
- Thomas Laqueur, Making Sex: Body and Gender from the Greeks to Freud (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1990).
- Eva Moore, Amy Wisniewski, and Adrian Dobs, “Endocrine Treatment of Transsexual People: A Review of Treatment Regimens, Outcomes, and Adverse Effects,” Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism 88 (2003): 3467-3473.
- Nelly Oudshoorn, Beyond the Natural Body: An Archaeology of Sex Hormones (New York and London: Routledge, 1994).
- Amber Hoerauf will graduate in December from Southwestern University with a degree in biochemistry. Katy Nichols, a fellow student at Southwestern, narrated the essay.
Host essay: “Yin to His Yang”
- for further reading:
- Charlotte Furth, A Flourishing Yin: Gender in China’s Medical History, 960-1665 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999).
- Charlotte Furth, “Androgynous Males and Deficient Females: Biology and Gender Boundaries in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century China,” Late Imperial China 9, no. 2 (1988): 1-31.
- Emma Donoghue, The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits: Stories (New York: Harvest Books, 2003).
- Alice Domurat Dreger, Hermaphrodites and the Medical Invention of Sex (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1998).
- Will Roscoe, Changing Ones: Third and Fourth Genders in Native North America (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1998).
All music on this program courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network except where noted.
- Sunburn in Cyprus, History (intro & outro)
- Music in guest essay:
- Music in host essay
- Edie Carey, Chemistry (following guest essay)
- Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials, Natural Man (following host essay)
- Happy Gemini 3, Pondering the 10th Planet (transitions)
- Sound effects courtesy of the FreeSound Project
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