Caroline Humphrey, 19 April 1990
Show More The Mind Has No Sex? Women in the Origins of Modern Science by Londa Schiebinger.
Harvard, 355 pp., £23.50, November 1989, 0 674 57623 3Show More
Primate Visions: Gender, Race and Nature in the World of Modern Science by Donna Haraway.
Routledge, 486 pp., £40, January 1990, 0 415 90114 6Show More
“... Most people, without thinking about it very much, elide sexual differences between men and women with gender, the cultural categories of masculinity and femininity. Surely, one might imagine, the more scientists discover about the former, the more refined and true will the latter become. These two books undermine that view. People are aware that non-Western cultures have different ideas about gender from our own, but no one is disturbed by that for a moment: their ideas, we say to ourselves, are based on ignorance and strange religions and values ...”