Queer Science

The Use and Abuse of Research into Homosexuality
Overview

What makes people gay, lesbian, bisexual, or heterosexual? And who cares? Written by one of the leading scientists in the research of sexual orientation, Queer Science looks at how scientific discoveries about homosexuality influence society's attitude toward gays and lesbians, beginning with the theories of the German sexologist and gay-rights pioneer Magnus Hirschfeld and culminating with the latest discoveries in brain science, genetics, endocrinology, and cognitive psychology.

Table of Contents

  1. Acknowledgments
  2. Introduction
  3. 1. Hirschfeld and the Third Sex
  4. 2. The Nature and Prevalence of Homosexuality
  5. 3. The Talking Cure
  6. 4. Learning and Unlearning Homosexuality
  7. 5. Hormones
  8. 6. The Brain
  9. 7. Mental Traits
  10. 8. Stress
  11. 9. Genes
  12. 10. Against Nature?
  13. 11. Sickness or Health?
  14. 12. Science and the Law
  15. 13. Science Fiction--Science Future?
  16. 14. Conclusions
  17. Notes
  18. Index