Heinz-Jürgen Voß

The Intricacy of the Human Sexes

Cover The Intricacy of the Human Sexes

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Buchreihe: Angewandte Sexualwissenschaft (ISSN: 2367-2420)

Verlag: Psychosozial-Verlag

171 Seiten, Broschur, 148 x 210 mm

1. English edition 2021

Erschienen im November 2021

ISBN-13: 978-3-8379-3121-1, Bestell-Nr.: 3121

DOI: https://doi.org/10.30820/9783837978063

Translated by Anton Hieke

Little defines human life more than the biological sexes. The concept of the binary sexes greatly affects our choices given in society, our income, and our visibility. Moreover, it is also the root for profound discrimination. Today, the idea that the binary sexes are nature-given is so intrinsically woven into the fabric of human life that we tend to forget just how modern the concept is. We also tend to forget that it does not have to be more than a bump on the path to a just society.

Drawing from philosophical, historical, and biological perspectives, the author challenges existing beliefs in the inevitability of the binary nature of the human sexes. The study compellingly argues for the existence of many biological sexes, not merely two. It also outlines just how otherwise overcome assumptions still shape our seemingly modern understanding of the most basic classification of our societies: that of the biological sexes and the attributes piled upon them.


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Foreword to the English Translation of the 4th Edition

Foreword to the 1st German Edition


Women and some Men against Naturalness
History and Topicality: Simone de Beauvoir and Judith Butler
Why considering »Naturalness«?
Contra »Naturalness« – Emancipatory Arguing for the Education of Women

Differences as the Product of Society:The Human Being as a Social One
Poverty and Limiting Recent Gender Research to the Privileged Classes
The Human Being as a Social One
Evolutionary Thinking and its Potential for Social Change

Historical Biological Theories of Sex – Theories of Two or More Sexes
Too Simplistic: The Current State of Research in Gender Studies
Concerning the Biological Theories of the Sexes
Antiquity – The »One-Sex« and »Two-Sex« Models
The Middle-Ages – Not Just Reducing but Creative
Humorism and the Theory of the Temperaments
Theories of Preformation in the Seventeenth Century – Describing Differences of the Sexes
The Transition to the Developmental Concept (Epigenesis) – Descriptions of Sameness May Tie In
Analogy and Sameness, as Tied in With Developmental Theories
Human Beings are Paired in Themselves – Being Adult »Female-Males« and »Male-Females«
»Activity«, »Advancement«, »Lag« –
Descriptions of the Differences of the Sexes Which Tie in with Developmental Theories
Detailed Descriptions of Differences
»Newer« Evolutionary Theories After Charles Dawin –
Differences of the Sexes and Emancipatory »Romanticizing Darwin«

Current Biological Theories of the Sexes
The Sexes between Brain, Muscles, and Microscopic Particles
Procreation as a Characteristic of the Species – and the Individual Form of Human Genitalia
The Formation of the Genitalia in the Development of the Embryo
Gonads, Germ Cells and Eventually Chromosomes and Genes: Do They Prove Sexual Binarity?
Development and Differentiation:
The Transition to Process Orientation in Current Theories of the Development of the Sexes


Quoted and Recommended (*) Literature


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@BartalYossi auf twitter am 2. Dezember 2021

Rezension von Yossi Bartal

»Wonderful to have @hjvoss book challenging the concept of two biological sexes also in English - I would tell you to buy it as a Hanukkah present, but it/'s also avaliable online for free!…«