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Roughgarden argues that principal elements of Darwinian sexual selection theory are false and suggests a new theory that emphasizes social inclusion and control of access to resources and mating opportunity. She disputes a range of scientific and medical concepts, including Wilson's genetic determinism of behavior, evolutionary psychology, the existence of a gay gene, the role of parenting in determining gender identity, and Dawkins's "selfish gene" as the driver of natural selection. She dares social science to respect the agency and rationality of diverse people
shows that many cultures across the world and throughout history accommodate people we label today as lesbian, gay, and transgendered
and calls on the Christian religion to acknowledge the Bible's many passages endorsing diversity in gender and sexuality. Evolution's Rainbow concludes with bold recommendations for improving education in biology, psychology, and medicine
for democratizing genetic engineering and medical practice
and for building a public monument to affirm diversity as one of our nation's defining principles.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Biological diversity, Sexual behavior in animals, Gender identity, Sexual orientation