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The Sexual Paradox: Men, Women and the Real Gender Gap Paperback – Bargain Price, August 18, 2009
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-- Louann Brizendine, M.D., author of The Female Brain
"Pinker crafts a biologically based and sure-to-be-controversial examination of sex differences between "fragile men" and gifted women who opt out of successful careers. A valuable demonstration of how discounting biology during the last 40 years has done a disservice, especially to men."
"In this marvelous book, Susan Pinker presents a fascinating analysis of "the gender gap," introducing a continuous flow of exciting ideas and new insights into old problems and controversies. It's a pleasure to read a book that is so informative and entertaining about a complex topic that is rarely examined, as it is here, from all points of view."
-- Ron Melzack, E.P. Taylor Professor Emeritus, in the Department of Psychology, McGill University
"All these many years of running a business, I thought I was an anomaly. Susan Pinker's work has grounded my intuitions in reality: a woman's success is going to knock the spiritual stuffing right out of her if she tries to come at it from traditional angles. Instead she must invent a workplace that not only provides food for the table but gives social and emotional meaning to her life. Susan Pinker helps you understand that it's not you that's crazy, it's the system."
-- Margot Franssen, social activist and co-founder of The Body Shop Canada
"The Sexual Paradox highlights some central puzzles about exceptional men and women. Why did Einstein never complete his PhD? Or Cavendish, Farraday, Darwin, and Bill Gates never complete their degrees or even drop out of university? And why do high-flying business women not behave like their male counterparts? Susan Pinker's wide-ranging look at the nature of the sexes is a highly readable and welcome contribution to this perennial debate."
-- Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, Cambridge University, author of The Essential Difference
"Susan Pinker's The Sexual Paradox is meticulously researched, brilliantly argued and thoroughly persuasive. It moves the debate over sex differences to a new level of sophistication."
-- Christina Hoff Sommers, author of Who Stole Feminism? and The War Against Boys
"Presented with flair, sensitivity, and determination, Pinker's penetrating conclusions shed important new light on how gender differences affect every strata of contemporary existence."
Top Customer Reviews
Among other things she will argue that males are over represented at the far ends of the IQ scales (Is anyone still valuing IQ scores?) and that in general males tend to represent more of the extreme population in any number of characteristics. This is part of her argument for the continued over representation of males in high demand, high performing jobs, despite decades of women being in the statistical majority of many college programs designed to prepare students for these positions.
To jump ahead, Dr. Pinker ALMOST argues that college acceptance committees should give more preference to male candidates over more qualified female candidates. A narrow reading is that the women are more likely to quite once they reach the top having along the way denied men who would stay the course. This is not a far argument and Professor Pinker would rightfully demand that this is not her point.
Staying with a narrow and unfair interpretation of this book is that both males and females are heavily driven by their hormones. The female hormones will ultimately drive women out of top professional positions.Read more ›
We all know that women often abandon corporate careers in greater numbers than men. In addition, it's not outlandish to say that women do this in order to spend more time with their spouses and/or children, and are willing to let go of the handsome salaries they've worked so very hard to attain.
While that might sound sexist to some, it's a reality across the United States, if not the world in general. If anything, one might think that women have an advantage in certain careers like law -- because they certainly have higher scores in areas such as reading comprehension and writing. Despite this, our society makes demands upon women that many are simply unwilling to meet.
In essence, we need to become more accommodating to the diversity of the workforce, primarily in gender. Issues such as flex-time, maternity leave and perhaps even telecommuting could be used to make such jobs and workplaces more attractive to women, and also lessen the burden of men. The more diverse our companies, the better. Men and women both have EQUAL amounts to offer our society.
As a 22-year-old man majoring in public relations (a decidedly "female" field) I was intrigued by Pinker's overview in education. Clearly, to work in my field one needs highly developed reading and writing skills -- there's just no way around it. As the result of teaching methods that are simply outdated and ineffective, many boys do not develop these skills as well as their female peers...Read more ›
The data collected by Pinker suggests that women (as a group) tend to be steadier performers in life and in the workplace, to hew slightly more to population medians, and to be more profoundly influenced by the needs of family and community. Men (as a group) are slightly more likely to deviate from the averages at work or in life, either for good (as star performers) or for ill (evidencing, for example, more violent or criminal behaviors), and are likely to be more influenced than are women by competitive outcomes, such as salary or status. The result, according to Pinker, is that women (as a group) are, on balance, less likely than male peers to reach the top of the career pyramid, and are more likely to value jobs that stress interpersonal connections, doing good in society, and permitting the worker to achieve a balance between home and professional responsibilities. Males, on the other hand, are more likely to be highly competitive and motivated by the prospect of maximizing earnings and status, thus propelling the most gifted up the career ladder.
Pinker bolsters her thesis with cases from her career as a developmental psychologist and interviews with male and female subjects.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The books give holistic view of how both genders are so different. Interesting concepts.Published 8 months ago by Kevin
This book should become a textbook and everybody should read it!!Published 17 months ago by Genevieva
I loved this book! Pinker gathers examples of what she calls "extreme men" in order to highlight some of the many differences between men and women. Read morePublished on May 23, 2012 by Deborah L. Ruf
My professor assigned this book for my Psychology of Women class. It WAS informative, and the authors painted a pretty clear picture on their opinion of the influence society... Read morePublished on March 5, 2012 by Shay
I did not understand what she wanted to say in this book. While claiming she is not a sexist, she cites reaserach data showing gender differences, describing women who chose to... Read morePublished on December 31, 2010 by Izolde
This is an extraordinary book, engagingly written, well argued, and well documented with a mass of research, especially from neuroscience. Read morePublished on July 17, 2010 by Paul Adams
This is one of those books touting much research and assembling it in arguments that don't really hold up. Read morePublished on July 4, 2010 by Chloe
This book is written well and the author has put in the due effort to try to make the case that women, because of biological differences, may not be interested in the rat race... Read morePublished on April 14, 2010 by J. Mathews
I loved this book! Pinker presents fascinating information in a way that is very engaging and keeps you wanting to read more. Read morePublished on August 15, 2009 by Shauna J. Lazarus