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Sex ItselfThe Search for Male and Female in the Human Genome$
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Sarah S. Richardson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226084688

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226084718.001.0001

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Are Men and Women as Different as Humans and Chimpanzees?

Are Men and Women as Different as Humans and Chimpanzees?

(p.177) Chapter 9 Are Men and Women as Different as Humans and Chimpanzees?
Sex Itself

Sarah S. Richardson

University of Chicago Press

Chapters 9 and 10 marshal the book’s preceding historical discussion to motivate a critical discussion of this new genomic research on sex differences and to offer analytical tools and frameworks for thinking about its implications and potential pitfalls. Chapter 9 opens up these issues through an analysis of a widely circulated claim that males and females differ genetically by “2 percent,” “greater than the difference between humans and chimpanzees,” and that males and females should be thought of as having “different genomes.” This chapter argues that genetic work on sex differences would do best to dispose of analogies between sexes and species and the corresponding construct of distinct “male” and “female” genomes. In its place, the author offers an alternative conceptualization of the sexes as a “dynamic dyadic kind,” a concept with methodological implications for genomic research on sex.

Keywords:   Human genome, Genomics, Sex differences, Dynamic dyadic kind, Sex, Species, Research methods

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