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Drowning in a Sea of Estrogens: sex hormones, sexual reproduction and sex.

Roberts, C. M. (2003) Drowning in a Sea of Estrogens: sex hormones, sexual reproduction and sex. Sexualities, 6 (2). pp. 195-213.

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Abstract

Contemporary life is taking its toll on sex, according to scientific, environmental and pop-scientific literature. Both women and men are being overwhelmed with estrogens and hormonally active chemicals in their environments - in water, plastics, and food. Such `estrogenization' produces interesting questions about the `nature' of sex, gender and reproduction, and their relations to each other. This paper critically juxtaposes contemporary discourses on estrogenization with feminist work on sex, gender and reproduction. It asks: How might a feminist theorizing of the body take on questions about sex hormones without essentializing sex or reproduction, or underestimating their relevance as biological actors in the production of sex?

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Sexualities
Additional Information: RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Sociology
Uncontrolled Keywords: endocrinology • feminism • reproduction • sex • sex hormones
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 3474
Deposited By: ep_importer
Deposited On: 13 Mar 2008 16:42
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:40
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/3474

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