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Galileo’s Middle Finger

Heretics, Activists, and One Scholar’s Search for Justice

By Alice Dreger
12-minute read
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Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and One Scholar’s Search for Justice  by Alice Dreger

Galileo’s Middle Finger (2015) tackles head on the controversial issue of transgender research and the conflicts that have arisen between academics, scientists and activists. These blinks offer a behind-the-scenes look at just how dangerous an idea can be when it challenges a familiar narrative or an established ideology. They remind us that, in the face of harmful threats and accusations, it’s important to be open, honest and persevering.

  • Activists fighting for controversial causes
  • Scholars studying ground-breaking subjects
  • People who want to transcend identity politics

Alice Dreger is a historian of medicine and science. Her work has been the subject of articles in the New York Times, the New Yorker and Science magazine. Her other books include Hermaphrodites and the Medical Invention of Sex and One of Us: Conjoined Twins and the Future of Normal.

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