Gender and Generation: The Life and Times of Adam and Eve

  • Ann Oakley
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The objective of this chapter is to chart some of the different meanings of the life cycle to males and females. This is not exactly unknown territory, but its geography is definitely patchy. Another difficulty is the personal nature of our involvement in issues to do with gender and generation. As Wittgenstein said, talking about the task of thinking well about problematic concepts:

It is, if possible, still more difficult to think, to try to think, really honestly about your life and other people’s lives. And the trouble is that thinking about these things is not thrilling, but often downright nasty. And when it’s nasty then it’s most important. (Wittgenstein, cited in Elshtain, 1981, p. xi)


Marital Satisfaction Postnatal Depression Status Passage Premature Ejaculation Male Baby 
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© British Sociological Association 1987

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