This tension, between the “sexed body” and gender, is at the heart of this extremely thought-provoking book. Manion, who is a professor of history at Amherst College, Massachusetts, has certainly done the research. The stories are culled from thousands of sources. The bibliography runs to nearly 60 pages. This is a work of scholarship by an academic — and it sometimes reads like one. It’s not only the pronouns or the scrupulously correct terminology, it is things like the enthusiastic use of “privilege” as a verb. This is not a book you gallop through. But Manion’s determination is clear: to make us think differently about gender, and look at history through a different lens.