Bret Hinsch has made a number of contributions to the history of gender and sexuality in China, primarily for the ancient and pre-modern eras. His latest book, Women in Ancient China, details the process of growing sexual inequality as it unfolded. This book is a useful synthesis of English and Chinese sources on positions and statues of women during the formative epochs of Chinese history.
With Women in Ancient China, ... Bret Hinsch undertakes the almost impossible task of summarizing for the general reader what is known about the condition of Chinese women from Neolithic times to the unification of China in 221 bce. ... In compressing so much detailed information into a manageable format, in covering so many different aspects of the lives of women in ancient China in an accessible way, Women in Ancient China represents a remarkable scholarly achievement.