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"Glorification of the 'natural' is part of the ideology which protects an unnatural society in its struggle against liberation."
     —Herbert Marcuse
This is a community for people who believe that in the Great Nature/Nurture Debate, modern western societies are currently leaning way too far in the "Nature" direction. It's a place to express opposition to exaggerations of the power of genetics in both mental and physical traits. The websites of The Council for Responsible Genetics and the American Civil Liberties Union: Privacy & Technology: Genetics are good sources of information on these subjects.

This community takes its name from the book Exploding the Gene Myth: How Genetic Information Is Produced and Manipulated by Scientists, Physicians, Employers, Insurance Companies, Educators, and Law Enforcers by Ruth Hubbard and Elijah Wald. However, we would also recommend any of the following books:
If You Seduce a Straight Person, Can You Make Them Gay? Issues in Biological Essentialism Versus Social Constructionism in Gay and Lesbian Identities edited by John P. De Cecco and John P. Elia

Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality by Anne Fausto-Sterling

The Mismeasure of Man by Stephen Jay Gould

The Hedgehog, the Fox, and the Magister's Pox: Mending the Gap between Science and the Humanities by Stephen Jay Gould

The Century of the Gene by Evelyn Fox Keller & L. L. Winship

Biology as Ideology: The Doctrine of DNA by Richard C. Lewontin

The Triple Helix: Gene, Organism, and Environment by Richard C. Lewontin

It Ain't Necessarily So: The Dream of the Human Genome and Other Illusions by Richard C. Lewontin

Not in Our Genes by Rose Lewontin

The DNA Mystique: The Gene As a Cultural Icon by Dorothy Nelkin & M. Susan Lindee

Science and Homosexualities edited by Vernon A. Rosario

The Mismeasure of Desire: The Science, Theory, and Ethics of Sexual Orientation by Edward Stein

An American Obsession: Science, Medicine, and the Place of Homosexuality in Modern Society by Jennifer Terry

Deviant Bodies: Critical Perspectives on Difference in Science and Popular Culture edited by Jennifer Terry and Jacqueline Urla
This community is moderated by queerbychoice.