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Are human beings innately aggressive? Does biology condemn women to remain the “second sex?” Taking up such biases cloaked as the findings of science, Reed explains that the disciplines closest to human life—anthropology, biology, and sociology—are permeated with rationalizations for the oppression of women and the maintenance of the established capitalist order.
“A stimulating corrective to establishment academic doctrine and popular scientific vagaries. Recommended for scientific, women’s, as well as nonspecialist collections.” —Library Journal
“An enjoyable book …. Reed shows, clearly and beautifully, how the mind of the scientist—usually male, white and middle-class—filters and processes the so-called facts …. [I]ntensely readable for non-specialists, but also stimulating for those who are not unfamiliar with the subject …. This is the sort of book that one should own, one should read, and one should pass along.”—Status of Women News
“Provides a useful antidote to obscurantic nonsense perpetrated by Ardrey, Morris and … Lionel Tiger.”—Emergency Librarian
“Dissects [Claude Levi-Strauss’s] theses with precision and elegance.”—News from Neasden
Glossary, bibliography, index. Now with enlarged type.