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Rutgers University anthropologist Helen Fisher isn't afraid of immodest proposals. The woman who demystified four million years' worth of romance in Anatomy of Love now suggests in The First Sex that evolution favors women. Citing recent research in biology, sociology, sociobiology, and anthropology, Fisher makes a strong case for a near future in which the natural talents of women as thinkers, communicators, and healers, adapted to the age of information, create a new kind of global leadership in business, medicine, and education, skewing the power dynamics of sex and relationships towards the feminine. Women, she says, are contextual thinkers to a far greater degree than men; this "web thinking," as Fisher dubs it, is an asset in a global marketplace. Women are far more talented than men at achieving win-win outcomes in negotiations. On an organizational level, women are less interested in rank and more interested in relationships and networking, an essential attribute in a world without borders. In the arena of education, women have a natural talent for language and self-expression; as healers, they enjoy an emotional empathy with their charges that can and will redefine doctor-patient relationships. And, she predicts, in the next century women will reinvent love by asserting feminine sexuality and creating peer marriages, true partnerships. While Fisher's future may seem idealized, her science and her sociology make for a well-reasoned case that the people Simone de Beauvior once defined as "the second sex" are about to move to the head of the class. --Patrizia DiLucchio --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
No tears spilt over the limited effects of wrinkle cream here! Fisher (The Anatomy of Love), an anthropologist at Rutgers University, synthesizes the insights of her own discipline and those of psychology, sociology, ethnology and biology into good news for women: their biological advantagesAcontextual thinking, interpersonal intuition and long-range planningAmake them better suited to innovate and thrive in the emerging "knowledge economy." In Fisher's scenario, risk-taking males attack with words and play win-lose games, endlessly arguing unbending rules from the playground to the boardroom, while verbal, apologetic females roam in leaderless packs playing win-win games. She believes paternalistic, pyramidal mega-corporations are becoming obsolete as those girls morph into Net-minded women executives who manage virtual corporations with "flat" organizational structures. The playhouse blurs with the office in the decentralized "hyborgs" of the future: "officeless" business webs and virtual classrooms. With breezy optimism, Fisher takes a conservative stance in the nature/nurture debate, cheerfully reducing all of patriarchal history to the result of sex hormone surges with nary a nod to the "social" in "social science." Overly optimistic though her argument may be, it offers a provocative overview of the latest bio-anthropological studies on gender and communication, menopause and romantic love. Agent, Amanda Urban at ICM; 9-city author tour.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Women inveted fire, x then y thinking, gathered food extra. men are not gifted with controling emotion. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Truth sayer
I first tried to review this in the form of a satire, but satire is hard to do effectively without great misunderstandings and I am not good at it. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Cream-Colored Cookie
I got this book for my daughter but decided to read it myself first.
I have read several other books by Helen Fisher and always found her to be a interesting and... Read more
What rubbish! Men are right-brained,left
brained, half-brained,competitive,wooing,emotional,sensitive,secretive- men will be whatever they have to be in order to find a mate. Read more
I am amused by the backlash coming from predominantly males, and is it a surprise? Fisher's book touches a nerve - and deeply for those whom it threatens most - the male of the... Read morePublished on July 19, 2007 by Shan Tastic
In response to the reviewer below that is alleging people were being "abusive" to Fisher, I think he didnt read the book. Read morePublished on January 30, 2006 by Warren
It should be kept in mind that Helen Fisher is an anthropologist-not a neuroscientist. Moreover she is not part of the graduate faculty; rather she only holds a researcher's post... Read morePublished on June 3, 2005 by Ethan
In reference to the reviewer below who states that men are more "right-brained" thinkers, it is interesting to note that modern science is now demonstrating this is true. Read morePublished on May 19, 2005 by "Bobby"