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SCIENCE, CENTS AND STEREOTYPES
Changing Gender Scripts : Scripting Gender Change
A book of Jane Hailé.

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“What a weak barrier is truth when it stands in the way of an hypothesis!” Taking inspiration from Mary Wollstonecraft, Science, Cents & Stereotypes examines “hypotheses” of gender inequalities, scripted by the different wings of the patriarchal Establishment. Scripts from medical science launch us on this journey, with economics coming close behind. Religious, political, and legal justifications for of gender inequality are never overlooked. We examine the elaborate scripts discriminating against women, as well asthe powerful codes keeping LGBT people in their place. Other narratives of social difference – class, race, ethnicity, age, ability – enhance sex and gender scripts. But periods of turmoil caused by pandemics like COVID-19, social movements such as Black Lives Matter, and global economic collapse provide an opportunity, indeed the necessity, for a radical revision of gender scripts.

Drawing on a wide range of sources, across sectors, Science, Cents & Stereotypes analyzes previous attempts by feminists and LGBT activists, to challenge established narratives and proposes some different approaches going forward. This book is a polemic against polemics, and as such does not aim to rewrite misogyny as misandry (tellingly, a little known word), or to substitute homophobia, transphobia, and bi-phobia with hetero-phobia. It is clear that differences of sex, gender identity and sexuality should not be given unequal moral, ethical, political, legal, economic and social weight. Dare we hope that the unprecedented interest in this topic indicates that we are on the cusp of a change of minds? Is our funny old world already queerer than we think?

Science, Cents and Stereotypes addresses key issues in an informed and humorous way, so that both those professionally engaged in gender equality, and the public at large will find ample material in these pages to interest and provoke.

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