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I really enjoyed reading Irreversible Damage, particularly the chapters discussing the effects of high dose testosterone on the female body. I would be really interested in learning more about gender affirming medicalisation and its effects.

Alternatively, I'd also be interested books on sexual dimorphism in humans and its effects on our behaviour /health. I've just began reading Behave by Robert Sapolsky, which includes hormonal effects on neuropsychology and how males and females differ in aggressive behaviour.

Any recommendations on either of these themes?

I really enjoyed reading Irreversible Damage, particularly the chapters discussing the effects of high dose testosterone on the female body. I would be really interested in learning more about gender affirming medicalisation and its effects. Alternatively, I'd also be interested books on sexual dimorphism in humans and its effects on our behaviour /health. I've just began reading Behave by Robert Sapolsky, which includes hormonal effects on neuropsychology and how males and females differ in aggressive behaviour. Any recommendations on either of these themes?

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[–] Owl 1 points

You might like A Hunter-Gatherer’s Guide to the 21st Century, 2021, by Heather Heying and Bret Weinstein as they "cut through the politically fraught discourse surrounding issues like sex, gender, diet, parenting, sleep, education, and more to outline a science-based worldview that will empower you to live a better, wiser life.

They distill more than 20 years of research and first-hand accounts from the most biodiverse ecosystems on Earth into straightforward principles and guidance for confronting our culture of hyper-novelty."

https://www.huntergatherersguide.com Not necessarily a feminist book..but I found it fascinating.

Recommended: “T: The Story of Testosterone, the Hormone that Dominates and Divides Us,” by Carole Hooven. Article on it: https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2021/09/harvard-biologist-discusses-testosterones-role-in-society/

Also, "The end of Gender-Debunking the Myths about Sex and Identity in Our Society" by Debra Soh.

Thank you Owl! I actually downloaded the sample for Hoovens book last night and I am really enjoying it so will probably buy the book. I'll look into your other recommendations too, the hunter gatherer one sounds very interesting

I haven't read this one myself, but a detransitioned lesbian I follow on Twitter mentioned it and said it was pretty interesting. At least from the description, it sounds like it might cover some of what you're looking for in terms of the gender medicalization aspect:

Sex Science Self: A Social History of Estrogen, Testosterone, and Identity by Bob Ostertag

As for sex differences, there are a few that come to mind, though maybe more in the context of separating biology from socialization/gender:

Gender and our Brains / The Gendered Brain by Gina Rippon

Delusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine

There's a lot of overlap between the two, but each also offers something unique.

Thank you so much for the recommendations - I'll have a look into all of these. I treated myself to a new Kindle for Amazon Prime day and I'm looking forward to downloading these books onto it!

Congrats! You might also want to check with your local library to see if they have any of them available as digital books you can use on your Kindle for free :)