Roundtable -DEI – Joan Roughgarden

March 23, 2022 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm America/Los Angeles Timezone

Natural Variation in Gender Expression and Sexuality with Implications for Evolutionary Theory
Joan Roughgarden, Ph.D.
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Abstract: The discovery among animals of extensive variation in gender expression and sexuality refutes a supposition that the gender binary is universal and that homosexuality is rare. In humans too, variation in gender expression and sexual orientation occurs in all cultures and through history. This variation challenges traditional biological explanations of animal behavior, especially explanations that trace to Darwin’s theory of sexual selection. Even today, the very definition of sexual selection remains contested. The definition developed in a 2015 NESCent workshop will be contrasted with a 2021 definition proposed by Shuker and Kvarnemo.