Thomas W. Laqueur

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Thomas W. Laqueur
Born Thomas Walter Laqueur
(1945-09-06)September 6, 1945
Fields History, Sexology

Thomas W. Laqueur (born 1945) is an American historian, sexologist and writer.

He is the author of Solitary Sex : A Cultural History of Masturbation and Making Sex: Body and Gender from the Greeks to Freud as well as many articles and reviews. He is the winner of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's 2007 Distinguished Achievement Award,[1] and is Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley, located in Berkeley, California.


One-sex model

Laqueur wrote that there was an ancient "one-sex model", in which the woman was only described as imperfect man / human and he postulates that definitions of sex/gender were historically different and changeable.[2]

This argument has been challenged by some historians of science, notably Katharine Park and Robert A. Nye;[3] Monica Green,[4] and Heinz-Jürgen Voss,[5] who reject the suggestion that ancient descriptions show a homogenous model, the one-sex model which then mutated in the 18th century to a two-sex model. They encourage a more differentiated perception that makes clear that gender theories of natural philosophy as well as biology and medicine, are embedded and constructed in certain social contexts.


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  1. Database (n.d.). "Thomas W. Laqueur". MIT Press. Retrieved February 16, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Laqueur, Thomas (1990). Making Sex: Body and Gender From the Greeks to Freud. Harvard University Press. ISBN 0-674-54349-1. 25-63.
  3. Park, Katharine; Nye, Robert A. (1991). "Destiny Is Anatomy, Review of Laqueurs Making Sex: Body and Gender from the Greeks to Freud". The New Republic. 18. S. 53-57.
  4. Green, Monica (2010). "Bodily Essences: Bodies as Categories of Difference" in Linda Kalof, ed., A Cultural History of the Human Body, Vol. 2: In the Medieval Age. New York City: Berg Publishers.
  5. Voss, Heinz-Jürgen (2010): Making Sex Revisited: Dekonstruktion des Geschlechts aus biologisch-medizinischer Perspektive. Transcript, Bielefeld.

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