Argues that we are in the midst of a new sexual revolution, where gender categories are blurring not just at the 'fringes' of society, but in mainstream lifestyle, media, fashion, and art.
Gender isn't what it used to be. Categories are collapsing. What was deviant for baby boomers has become mainstream for their offspring: like the coed who realizes she's bisexual but, after a period of adjustment, shrugs her shoulders and gets on with her otherwise mundane life. Gender as we once understood it is over, and gender-bending is the new beat. Men sport ponytails and earrings and teach nursery school; women flaunt tatoos and biceps and smoke cigars.In The End of Gender, Shari L. Thurer argues that we are in the midst of a new sexual revolution. It is one where gender categories are blurring not just at the "fringes" of society, but in mainstream lifestyle, media, fashion, and art. So, why is this cultural phenomenon happening now? And what does it mean? In lively, non-technical language, and with sometimes surprising case studies from her 25 years as a psychologist, Thurer answers these questions, bridging complex postmodern theory with cutting edge psychoanalysis.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Psychoanalysis Meets Postmodern Sex 1 (26)
Chapter 2 Postmodernism for Those Who Missed It 27 (40)
Chapter 3 Facts and Factoids 67 (28)
Chapter 4 Queer Theory: A History of an Idea 95 (56)
Chapter 5 Men Are from Earth, Women Are from 151(40)
Earth, and So Are Queers