Meet the Reference Books introduces noteworthy encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other reference materials in Carmichael Library's print and digital collections. Blog posts are contributed by Reference Student Assistants. The first round of books this semester comes from our Virtual Reference Shelf.
This post is written by John Wilson, a sophomore marketing major. John introduces the Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender: Men and Women in the World's Cultures.
Just reading the title of this encyclopedia, one might conclude that this is a publication based literally on sex (so did I at first). But it’s much deeper than just sex. The main purpose of this encyclopedia is to compare different gender issues in society affecting men and women all across the world.
Covering everything from gender stereotypes, to adolescence, to marriage customs in Japan or how homosexuality is viewed in Africa, this encyclopedia is a fully equipped “go to” reference publication for any scholar interested in dabbling in gender studies or learning about male and female interactions in other cultures.