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The First Sex: The Natural Talents of Women and How They Are Changing the World Paperback – February 1, 2000
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Don't bother with this book if you aren't going to be open to what she has to say.
She does have an "optimistic" tone about what's possible for women, and takes a positive look at some of the unique features in a woman's brain. That said, she doesn't distort data to do it.
Contrary to the speculation of a layperson above, that it could be socialization at work, not biology -- take a look at some of the fMRI work by people like Julian Paul Keenan and you'll understand how wrong that is. Our genes work in response to the environment. They aren't just there to work in a vacuum.
Furthermore, men's and women's brains ARE different, and it's not as a result of socialization. I say this as somebody who just read seven studies this morning, including Silverman and Eals' "Sex Differences In Spatial Abilities" from the collection of studies edited by Cosmides and Tooby, entitled "The Adapted Brain." Many, many studies show this -- but social scientists, many of whom aren't as rigorous about data as those in other disciplines (or who use little data at all) -- keep promoting a different view...a view based largely on speculation and wishful thinking. FYI, for all you anti-feminists out there -- the idea that it's society that's the culprit serves the victim-feminist cause.
It's just as silly to demonize Helen Fisher for pointing out the results of the research as it is to demonize men for being highly visual and being interested in pornography when women aren't. Male sexuality isn't WRONG, it's just different.Read more ›
In all this heady prose of feminist celebration one can almost hear the faint echoes of Helen Reddy's feminist paean "I Am Woman' (Hear her roar!). Yet there is only anecdotal proof that any of what she purports is accurate or true of women in general, never mind that it will somehow ineluctably come to pass. For example, she boasts that women have "natural" talents males do not, and therefore are "better suited" biologically to excel at a whole range of complex social tasks than are males. This isn't a carefully couched scientific argument framed in terms of recognizing much wider individual variations within the female population itself than between males and females generally. Rather, it is argued as if it were a general sex-linked intellectual trait.Read more ›
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This is an important look at many aspects of the natural talents of the female gender. Women have been marginalized throughout history. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rosetune
Women inveted fire, x then y thinking, gathered food extra. men are not gifted with controling emotion. Read morePublished 20 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 on February 11, 2014 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