"This groundbreaking encyclopedia explores the social constructs concerning sex and gender in human history. While many of the 730 articles examine the biological aspects [of] the human body, reproduction, the act of sex, and disease, the same essays also present cultural beliefs surrounding sexual practices and body parts. The examination of the cultural constraints concerning sex is not limited to Western civilization but includes most major religions, numerous ancient civilizations, and traditional customs in Africa, India, China, Japan, and the Islamic Middle East. A team of international scholars provides a truly global perspecitve on one of the fundamental issues of identity and society. This scholarly encyclopedia is highly recommended to academic and public libraries."
--Lawrence Looks at Books, June 2008
"The changing view of sex - from something that is procreational to something that impacts all of our lives - combined with an explosive growth in interest in gender studies makes this a landmark reference source in the first decade of the 21st century. In this set, broad theoretical essays examine issues of sex and gender at both the personal and social level."
--Library Journal, April 15, 2008
"This is a valuable resource for anyone involved in gender studies, and a useful, matter-of-fact reference for those who are curious about matters related to sex."
--School Library Journal, April 2008
"Intended for scholars and students, this distinctive, wide-ranging resource is recommended for academic and large public libraries with extensive gender-studies collections."
--Library Journal, March 15, 2008
"an accessible work addressing the complex topics of sexuality and gender. The broad scope and interdisciplinary approach make it a useful resource for both public and academic libraries."
"In this four-volume encyclopedia, chief editor Malti-Douglas (Indiana U.) presents some 730 alphabetical entries, written by an international team of scholarly contributors, that collectively explore a broad array of topics that fall under the purview of investigations of sex and gender across cultures and time in the social sciences. A cumulative index is includded in the final volume."
--Art Book News Annual, 2008