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In Search of Human NatureThe Decline and Revival of Darwinism in American Social Thought$
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Carl N. Degler

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780195077070

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195077070.001.0001

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Does Sex Tell Us Anything?

Does Sex Tell Us Anything?

(p.105) 5 Does Sex Tell Us Anything?
In Search of Human Nature

Carl N. Degler

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the shift in the studies of human nature towards the issue of sex or gender. Throughout the 19th century, books, articles, and lectures proclaimed the inborn differences between sexes as frequently as they delineated differences between races. This similarity led social scientists to consider sex as a determinant of human behavior and abandon racial explanations. This chapter cites several studies indicating the differences in the sexuality of men and women.

Keywords:   human nature, sex, gender, race, human behavior, sexuality

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