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hard research is less rosy but more accurate
on March 22, 2005
I am surprised at the anger that I read in the other reviews. Especially criticisms of "feminist emotions" - anger is an emotion too. Nevertheless, I think it is important to consider the views offered in this book, but these must be balanced with an appreciation of the assumptions the author is making about how the world should be structured. Right now we have a very gendered division of home and caring labor with very little to help ease that burden, so women are as capable as men as the author points out, but many other factors work to limit women as a group (as with race). I encourage those who are really interested in this topic not to stop with Farrell's book but to move on to some of the sociological, demographic, and economic work on this matter. Paula England, for example, is a highly respected academic in this field. Reading this, one must remember this is not a book claiming some kind of objectivity, Farrell has an agenda (which is fine) but it is never one that is going to give the reader the full background on this topic. The vast majority of respected, peer-reviewed work on this topic find gender inequities. As I recall, the scientific proof lies in continued confirmation of previous findings, not one anomaly, which (unfortunately for us all) this book is.