I really cannot recommend this book enough. True, even I sort of reached my limit when the author talked about the Mohave fecal fetus in third-gender folks. But it is chalk-full of awesome quotes: “… Because of its ubiquity worldwide gender non-conformity appears to have been part of the proto-human cultural complex.” What an awesome sentence is that!
It’s a shame that the influence of culture still boo-hooed in the queer community. These are multifaceted complex traits. Just because there are cultural influences constantly condensing and “metabolizing” latent genetic tendencies does not mean that alternative sexual behaviors, fantasies and attractions doesn’t are somehow not legitimate or unimportant. These phenomena are not purely material (id est, genetic and hormonal) and possible cultural influences range from the masculinity and femininity of a given culture, its individualism and the influences of prejudice and conformative forces from communities as different as mainstream consumerist culture and the queer community, which works so hard to differentiate itself from the mainstream.