Publisher description for Women, biology, and public policy / edited by Virginia Sapiro.

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Three current issues in social science research are examined in this volume: the problems affecting women in their everyday lives, the relationship between the physical and social-political lives of people, and the role of normative theory in policy science.

Going beyond theories of traditional sociobiology, this multi-disciplinary volume focuses on the reciprocal relationship between biology and the formulation, implementation, and impact of public policies. The contributors argue that assumptions about biological differences between the sexes affect public policy. These assumptions create a gender ideology that shapes not only public opinion on gender issues in politics, but also affects the development, interpretation and application of scientific research to public policy. In turn, gender-based public policies are shown to have tangible effects on the biological condition of men and women even when the policy is not gender based.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
United States -- Social policy.
Women -- Health and hygiene.
Women -- Government policy -- United States.