Testosterone Rex: Myths of Sex, Science, and Society First Edition

3.9 out of 5 stars 79 ratings
ISBN-13: 978-0393082081
ISBN-10: 0393082083
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Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

An Amazon Best Book of January 2017: Fine knocks it out of the park with her smart and eye-opening investigation into why we give credit to (or blame) testosterone for so many behaviors. With a writing style that reminds me of Mary Roach and her gift for seeking out the ridiculous, Fine puts under the microscope our assumption that testosterone is the wonder hormone that makes men risk takers and competitive and, in its absence, women less so. This might sound like heavy stuff—like the gender studies classes I avoided in college—but Fine invites you to laugh with her as she punctures outdated notions and points out obvious weaknesses in the mighty social (not scientific) barricade of sex-specific dogma and the daily throwaway comments that carelessly reinforces that wall. After reading Testosterone Rex, my new resolution is to never say "Boys will be boys" again. Because while boys are, of course, boys, we owe it to them—and to girls—to understand that they are not defined by this single hormone. —Adrian Liang, The Amazon Book Review


“Fine’s funny, spiky book gives reason to hope that we’ve heard Testosterone rex’s last roar.”
- Annie Murphy Paul, New York Times Book Review

“Fascinating [and] bold. . . . Fine has written a book that’s not only well-researched and convincing but also . . . delightfully humorous.”
- Barbara J. King, NPR

“In this witty corrective, psychologist Cordelia Fine examines the fraying “biological big picture” of sexual selection, and corrals findings in evolutionary science, neuroscience and endocrinology to add nuance to it.”
- Barbara Kiser, Nature, “Best Science Picks”

“The expression ‘essential reading for everyone’ is usually untrue as well as a cliché, but if there were a book deserving of that description this might just be it.”
- Antonia Macaro, Financial Times

“In addition to being hopeful, Fine is also angry. We should all be angry. Testosterone Rex is a debunking rumble that ought to inspire a roar.”
- The Guardian

“[Fine] convincingly and entertainingly demonstrates that, despite stereotypes, such characteristics as risk-taking, competitiveness and nurturing are not “essential” to one sex over the other and cannot be blamed for the lack of equality between males and females in contemporary society.”
- Clara Moskowitz, Scientific American

“Cordelia Fine’s Testosterone Rex: Myths of Sex, Science, and Society does the public service of deconstructing the biological and societal tenets on which the continued inequality of the sexes is largely founded. . . . Using humor and her uniquely accessible academic writing style, . . . [Fine disrupts] what we think we know about gender difference.”
- Katie Klabusich, Rewire

“A provocative and often fascinating book.”
- The Economist

Product details

  • Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
  • Hardcover : 272 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0393082081
  • ISBN-10 : 0393082083
  • Product Dimensions : 6.6 x 1 x 9.6 inches
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company; First Edition (January 24, 2017)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.9 out of 5 stars 79 ratings