Sexual Meanings - ORTNER, Sherry B.; WHITEHEAD, Harriet;C.U.P., 1993, Paperback.
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This volume is a collection of original essays dealing with the ways in which sex and gender are socially organized and conceptually construed in various cultures. Its scope is not limited to cross-cultural issues of sex roles and sexual status but rather encompasses a wide range of sex-related practices and beliefs. Ceremonial virginity in Polynesia, ritual androgynism in New Guinea. the valorization of young African bachelors, and fantasies of male self-sufficiency in South American myth are among the subjects discussed. Taken in their totality, these essays demonstrate that cultural notions of the nature of man and woman, sexuality, and reproduction are seldom straightforward extrapolations of biological facts but are the outcome of social and cultural processes.
Size: 9¼" x 6". 435 pages.