- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Anchor; Reprint edition (February 15, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385498411
- ISBN-13: 978-0385498418
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 139 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #959,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A tour de force, a wonderful, entertaining and informative book." —The New York Times Book Review
"Angier's Woman is as good as it gets." —Thomas Lynch, Los Angeles Times
"If Our Bodies, Ourselves has become the bible of women's bodies, let Woman: An Intimate Geography be our Shakespeare." —Peggy Orenstein, Elle
"The chief manifesto of the new 'femaleist' thinking." —Barbara Ehrenreich, Time
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With the clarity, insight, and sheer exuberance of language that make her one of The New York Times's premier stylists, Pulitzer Prize-winner Natalie Angier lifts the veil of secrecy from that most enigmatic of evolutionary masterpieces, the female body. Angier takes readers on a mesmerizing tour of female anatomy and physiology that explores everything from organs to orgasm, and delves into topics such as exercise, menopause, and the mysterious properties of breast milk.
A self-proclaimed "scientific fantasia of womanhood." Woman ultimately challenges widely accepted Darwinian-based gender stereotypes. Angier shows how cultural biases have influenced research in evolutionary psychology (the study of the biological bases of behavior) and consequently lead to dubious conclusions about "female nature." such as the idea that women are innately monogamous while men are natural philanderers.
But Angier doesn't just point fingers; she offers optimistic alternatives and transcends feminist polemics with an enlightened subversiveness that makes for a joyful, fresh vision of womanhood. Woman is a seminal work that will endure as an essential read for anyone intersted in how biology affects who we are?as women, as men, and as human beings.
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Why not five stars? Especially early in the book some of her musings wonder too far toward the "women could be genetically superior" line of thinking. I don't think she really means it, but rather doesn't close the door of wondering. However, I feel like it could scare off some readers and give those who want to keep women "in their place" good reasons to dismiss the book as a crazy feminist scientist. Don't let it scare you off, though. It seems to be Angier's attempt to balance things out a little-- if we have spent so much time musing about whether men could be superior, why not wonder about women, too?
This is a great book for both men and women who want to learn about and wonder about what goes on in women's bodies, and various ways that that can be understood.
I think it's a fabulous book that every single woman should read. I think it should in fact be required reading in school, right up there with "Our Bodies, Ourselves." Raging against the male-dominated field of science with political motives is one thing. But at the very least, modern society has shown us that our young women, generation after generation, are in desperate need of better educations about how their bodies work. I think this book is a good first step.