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Mysteries of Sex: Tracing Women and Men through American History

Mary P. Ryan


In a sweeping synthesis of American history, the author of this book demonstrates how the meaning of male and female has evolved, changed, and varied over a span of 500 years, and across major social and ethnic boundaries. She traces how, at select moments in history, perceptions of sex difference were translated into complex and mutable patterns for differentiating women and men. How those distinctions were drawn and redrawn affected the course of American history more generally. The author recounts the construction of a modern gender regime that sharply divided male from female and created m ... More

Keywords: American history, sex, gender regime, inequity, exclusion, public domain, labor force, gender history, inequality, private life

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Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780807830628
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807876688_ryan


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Mary P. Ryan, author

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