Taking Sex Differences Seriously
By (author) Steven E. Rhoads
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Taking Sex Differences Seriously by Steven E. Rhoads
Book DescriptionMost contemporary discussions of sex differences assume that they are determined by society rather than biology. It is society that teaches little girls to be feminine and little boys to be masculine--society that tells women to respond to babies and men to respond to sports. Reflecting the fashionable idea that male and female roles have been "socially constructed," most commentators speak of gender instead of sex. Because men and women are virtually interchangeable, so the argument goes, men should do an equal share of domestic and childrearing work so that women can compete equally outside the home There's only one problem with this beguiling vision of androgyny. Whatever we might like to believe, as Dr. Steven Rhoads shows, sex distinctions remain a deeply rooted part of human nature. In "Taking Sex Differences Seriously," Rhoads assembles a wealth of scientific evidence showing that these differences are "hardwired" into our biology. They range from the subtle (men get a chemical high from winning while women get one from nursing) to the profound (women with high testosterone levels are more promiscuous, more competitive, and more conflicted about having children than those with average levels.) Rhoads explores disparities in aggression and dominance, in sexuality and nurturing. He shows how denial of these differences has helped to create the sexual revolution, fatherless families, and policies such as Title IX, and the call for universal day care. But while insisting that we must take sex differences seriously, Rhoads also advocates discouraging some natural tendencies, like men's desire for irresponsible sex, and encouraging others, like women's greater interest and talent in caring for babies. In this provocative exploration of the masculine and feminine, Steven Rhoads dispels contemporary cliches and spotlights biological realities. Meticulously researched and elegantly written, "Taking Sex Differences Seriously" is a groundbreaking look at the way we are.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781594030918
(228mm x 170mm x 27mm)
Imprint: Encounter Books,USA
Publisher: Encounter Books,USA
Publish Date: 25-May-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Steven E. Rhoads
Taking Sex Differences Seriously, Hardback (January 2004)
This provocative book dispels social cliches and spotlights biological realities.
Incomparable Worth, Paperback (August 1994)» View all books by Steven E. Rhoads
An analysis of the political and economic consequences of comparable worth or pay equity policies in the USA, the UK, and Australia.
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