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  1. 4 out of 5

    Koen

    Bought this book in Portland, OR in 1992 - read it out aloud to my girl friend while she was trying to fall asleep in our tent after each long day's trek up and down ravines in the Snake River wilderness - ordered many more copies to give away to the near and dear ones I used to regularly discuss gender equality/women's lib/feminism with - had extensive discussions about it with my (lawyer) mother, the person who had, at an early age (nine), fired my passion for this issue to begin with. Guess t Bought this book in Portland, OR in 1992 - read it out aloud to my girl friend while she was trying to fall asleep in our tent after each long day's trek up and down ravines in the Snake River wilderness - ordered many more copies to give away to the near and dear ones I used to regularly discuss gender equality/women's lib/feminism with - had extensive discussions about it with my (lawyer) mother, the person who had, at an early age (nine), fired my passion for this issue to begin with. Guess that makes it five stars - well aware that the debate has moved on somewhat since its publication (1989).

  2. 4 out of 5

    Isa

    Yes, the female brain is different from as early as gestation according to an Israeli scientist. It's also proven female serial killers think with the same parts of their brains as men. Interesting, but if the first is true how can the 2nd ever occur? The answers aren't stated in this book or anywhere I've looked. Science, funny thing it is. In this book it's simply a way to counter feminism. As a STEM major, seeing science used to push down women or help fortify the entire "we think different. w Yes, the female brain is different from as early as gestation according to an Israeli scientist. It's also proven female serial killers think with the same parts of their brains as men. Interesting, but if the first is true how can the 2nd ever occur? The answers aren't stated in this book or anywhere I've looked. Science, funny thing it is. In this book it's simply a way to counter feminism. As a STEM major, seeing science used to push down women or help fortify the entire "we think different. weaker. fragile. emotional" stereotype is infuriating. Science allows us to see connections, establish facts. Speak connections, don't put them as facts. Particularly when environment and experience make so much of the human psyche. Food for thought.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    The authors don't take into account any grey areas in human behavior, suggesting genders are cut from two distinct and very different clothes. Biology is NOT destiny. Horrible book! The authors don't take into account any grey areas in human behavior, suggesting genders are cut from two distinct and very different clothes. Biology is NOT destiny. Horrible book!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Brenton

    Brain Sex was written by a neuroscientist and a journalist who attempted to collect the myriad nodes of information about the brains of men and women that science had uncovered up to the mid 80s and then decipher the information with regards to what we as a society believe about gender. In short, all the science up to the mid 80s more or less makes a laughingstock of feminism and the belief that men and women are, genetically and chemically speaking, identical blank slates upon birth upon which s Brain Sex was written by a neuroscientist and a journalist who attempted to collect the myriad nodes of information about the brains of men and women that science had uncovered up to the mid 80s and then decipher the information with regards to what we as a society believe about gender. In short, all the science up to the mid 80s more or less makes a laughingstock of feminism and the belief that men and women are, genetically and chemically speaking, identical blank slates upon birth upon which society then impresses gender stereotypes. Such a model of gender couldn't be further from the truth. This is not to say that sexism in any form is perfectly OK; the book proffers that the differences in the brains of men and women give each gender unique strengths and that it would be best for us as a society to recognize these counterpart strengths and figure out how to use them together, whether in the home, in the office, or wherever, rather than one sex trying to become more like the other or, even worse, ignoring the differences completely and carrying on as if they don't exist. After starting this book, I was surprised to look back and find that it was published almost twenty years ago. I immediately wondered what vast stores of knowledge on brain chemistry and gender differences have been discovered and published since then, and how those discoveries have further strengthened or weakened our knowledge of how gender is determined by hormones and brain structure. My one complaint with the book is that the authors view all the science as confirming all those cliché gender stereotypes that we all know by heart, but then takes those stereotypes for granted without pausing to wonder just how accurate they really are. I think that nearly every stereotype is born from truth, no matter how far the stereotype has been twisted, blown out of proportion, or dogmatized. I don't deny that men and women, in general, act differently in a number of ways, but I also know quite a handful of people who do not follow their gender stereotypes. The science presented in the book clearly explains this, but I'm more curious about the percentages of the population that exhibit these differences, and the authors of Brain Sex don't seem to examine this very closely, instead making broad, sweeping statements about men and map reading and women and emotions.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Janell Rhiannon

    This is the most sexist book I've ever read. Seriously suggesting that we should accept men as viewing women as sex objects and go with the flow...this is utter garbage. No wonder we are still struggling regarding equality between men and women with crap like this out there. I found this book in my library, read it, have no idea how it was added to my collection and now I'm going to burn it in the fire pit. This is the most sexist book I've ever read. Seriously suggesting that we should accept men as viewing women as sex objects and go with the flow...this is utter garbage. No wonder we are still struggling regarding equality between men and women with crap like this out there. I found this book in my library, read it, have no idea how it was added to my collection and now I'm going to burn it in the fire pit.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Greta G

    Read Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference instead. Read Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference instead.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mark Kennedy

    The opening sentence says it all "To maintain that men and women are the same in aptitude, skill or behavior, is to build a society based on a biological and scientific lie." This very provocative book written in the atmosphere of late 70's & 80's radical feminism, puts forward a strong and forceful argument that sex differences do not arise from social conditioning or even 'nurture' or trauma but from the physical and chemical differences in the Male and Female brain. I found this a very interes The opening sentence says it all "To maintain that men and women are the same in aptitude, skill or behavior, is to build a society based on a biological and scientific lie." This very provocative book written in the atmosphere of late 70's & 80's radical feminism, puts forward a strong and forceful argument that sex differences do not arise from social conditioning or even 'nurture' or trauma but from the physical and chemical differences in the Male and Female brain. I found this a very interesting read especially in light of the recent (or not so recent) debates about 'equality'. Mainly that equality means 'sameness' - no difference. In light of this research you could conclude that this definition of 'equality' is impossible given the differences in male and female brains and how those differences shape behavior, social patterns, work choice, family life and the body its self. The authors use broad sweeping generalisations which is generally not what people want to hear but I found helpful in establishing general patterns and understanding the big picture. They cannot be accused of 'dying the death of 1000 qualifications'. I do wonder how the research has progressed in the 20 odd years since the book has been written.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sue Ellis

    Scientific facts written in a most readable way, almost like a novel; fully referenced and should be a set book in every high school and/or university(if they missed it at school. This is more dense than the later, lighter and funnier book: "Why Men Don't Listen and Women Can't Read Maps" by Allan & Barbara Pease - which is also highly recommended for all boys, girls, men and women, who wish to understand a bit more about the difference between the genders. Scientific facts written in a most readable way, almost like a novel; fully referenced and should be a set book in every high school and/or university(if they missed it at school. This is more dense than the later, lighter and funnier book: "Why Men Don't Listen and Women Can't Read Maps" by Allan & Barbara Pease - which is also highly recommended for all boys, girls, men and women, who wish to understand a bit more about the difference between the genders.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ahmet

    enormously sexist book. it's garbage. enormously sexist book. it's garbage.

  10. 4 out of 5

    shay

    i really enjoyed the science of it all, but i found the tone of the book to be somewhat negative and annoying. they say the book wasn't meant to be prescriptive, but they definitely spent a lot of time talking in ways that seemed to be prescribing certain solutions or ways of thinking about the information presented. i would have preferred a straight-forward presentation without the author's opinions. but definitely an interesting book. i really enjoyed the science of it all, but i found the tone of the book to be somewhat negative and annoying. they say the book wasn't meant to be prescriptive, but they definitely spent a lot of time talking in ways that seemed to be prescribing certain solutions or ways of thinking about the information presented. i would have preferred a straight-forward presentation without the author's opinions. but definitely an interesting book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Adrienne

    FANTASTIC!!! This book explains so much about the basic brain differences between males and females!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Peter Brooks

    I had my quibbles with the content from time to time, perhaps because I have a feminine brain in certain respects to various degrees, (I am very aesthetically minded, for example, even though I am a male) but generally appreciated the authors use of scientific studies and reasoning, and I really admire and honor them for their bravery in the face of our repressive politically correct public culture (No, I am not a fan or follower of Donald "The Banal" Trump, but I will defend his right to expres I had my quibbles with the content from time to time, perhaps because I have a feminine brain in certain respects to various degrees, (I am very aesthetically minded, for example, even though I am a male) but generally appreciated the authors use of scientific studies and reasoning, and I really admire and honor them for their bravery in the face of our repressive politically correct public culture (No, I am not a fan or follower of Donald "The Banal" Trump, but I will defend his right to express himself without governmental or social censorship or repression.) I believe the persons who trash the book as sexist are emotional reactionaries rather than objective critics. If it had been a comparison of different, but very closely related monkeys who can mate, they probably would have not written such vehement (and misleading, in my opinion) reviews. By providing extreme examples of brains and bodies which are not almost wholly male or female, perhaps the authors inadvertently opened the door to people who are not almost wholly male or female brains and bodies to infer the authors were insinuating that they are freaks, or have aggravated frustrations because they judge themselves according to stereotypical male or female measures of success rather than their own, unique measures in harmony with their own natures. In any case, I choose to validate myself, instead, as normal because according to the book I am not almost wholly male brained and that is just as natural. I do wish the authors would write another book now with updated data, correcting and refining their findings in the book, as the additional data would dictate.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mike Tobin

    Basic for starting to understand that nature makes some things easy for some people and some other things ... nearly impossible. Sometimes it is in our hands to do something but in other cases, in practical terms it is impossible to do anything. The book sets that there are very well known explanations for several of the above cases that otherwise we might not understand never and at all. I read the book precisely to try to release myself from the "romanticism" (total absence of) "logic", and th Basic for starting to understand that nature makes some things easy for some people and some other things ... nearly impossible. Sometimes it is in our hands to do something but in other cases, in practical terms it is impossible to do anything. The book sets that there are very well known explanations for several of the above cases that otherwise we might not understand never and at all. I read the book precisely to try to release myself from the "romanticism" (total absence of) "logic", and the book truly made well one of the starting stages of that wanted journey ... that took me where I am .. making valid the quote with #158 in my list ... which I recommend reading ,,, as every quote in my list .. to be honest. :) I enhanced the initiar review .. 4 years after writing it. Very good experience.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mostafa Mamdouh

    This is a great book: - great examples and realistic case studies - deep exploration into the psyche of female and male brains - discussing polygamy with open-mindedness that is particularly rare for Western writers - providing insight on possible improvements to the education system to suit and accommodate the different capabilities of male and female brains (customized learning). as the saying goes: if you judge a fish by its ability to fly it will live to think that it is stupid/incapable (i know This is a great book: - great examples and realistic case studies - deep exploration into the psyche of female and male brains - discussing polygamy with open-mindedness that is particularly rare for Western writers - providing insight on possible improvements to the education system to suit and accommodate the different capabilities of male and female brains (customized learning). as the saying goes: if you judge a fish by its ability to fly it will live to think that it is stupid/incapable (i know there are types of fish that can sort of fly namely Exocoetidae) the list of good things about this book can go on... Thanks for reading.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    My favourite fragment is whe the authors hope, than in near future women's magazines will announce "the new romantism", while men's "return ot the macho". Considering the fact, that fev pages ealrier they wrote that women are interested in love and men in sex, I can imagine how wolud relationship between romantic women and macho men (both sexes accepting their natures, of course) look like. Are you scared? Good. You should be. Oh, not mentioning the suggestions, that the women with "male" way of My favourite fragment is whe the authors hope, than in near future women's magazines will announce "the new romantism", while men's "return ot the macho". Considering the fact, that fev pages ealrier they wrote that women are interested in love and men in sex, I can imagine how wolud relationship between romantic women and macho men (both sexes accepting their natures, of course) look like. Are you scared? Good. You should be. Oh, not mentioning the suggestions, that the women with "male" way of thinking are in fact sick. Calling homosexuality perversion is also nice.

  16. 5 out of 5

    J. Ewbank

    Used the information I found in this book when dealing with EEO and Sexual Harassment. Found some help there in understanding the differences between men and women so I could be aware of some of them in my work. A good,helpful book. J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'" Used the information I found in this book when dealing with EEO and Sexual Harassment. Found some help there in understanding the differences between men and women so I could be aware of some of them in my work. A good,helpful book. J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'"

  17. 5 out of 5

    Miguel A

    Basic for starting to understand that nature makes somethings easier and some nearly impossible. Sometimes is in our hands to do something, in practical terms sometimes is impossible to do anything. The book sets that there are very well known explanations for things that otherwise we might not understand never and at all.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    During my first degree, I had to write an entire essay based solely on this book. The case studies are very interesting, and (at least to me) strongly support the theory that men and women are actually "wired" differently. During my first degree, I had to write an entire essay based solely on this book. The case studies are very interesting, and (at least to me) strongly support the theory that men and women are actually "wired" differently.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Matt Earls

    I read this and John Gray's Men are from Mars/Women are from Venus in a week before Christmas. When I saw my fifty relatives performing exactly as predicted, I said "It's all true." I read this and John Gray's Men are from Mars/Women are from Venus in a week before Christmas. When I saw my fifty relatives performing exactly as predicted, I said "It's all true."

  20. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    Not bad. Mostly this book told me things I already knew; they just told me it was science that made it this way.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Gina

    Very good book as an introduction to how the brain works in men and women. Easy to read and understand. If you are interested in gender difference studies, this is a good one.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Noble

    I read this book a long time ago and it's amazing. In very clear language the biological reasons for differences in men and women are explained. I read this book a long time ago and it's amazing. In very clear language the biological reasons for differences in men and women are explained.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kari Metzger

    Loved this book - such an amazing look at the science behind gender - fascinating read!!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Bastard Travel

    Interesting, but enormously misleading. It talks about biological differences in the brain structure of men and women. No actual sex took place, least of all between brains.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Interesting read... However I feel like this was predominantly written with a feminist-leaning perspective. Whilst the biological bases is based on a sound meta-analysis of research, it still seems like a lot of generalising. Yeah a lot of it makes sense, but for a book that claims to "celebrate differences", I felt a sense of vexation upon finishing reading it, like the authors were trying to drone the message of 'Men lack emotional articulation/perception whilst women can't read maps etc. etc. Interesting read... However I feel like this was predominantly written with a feminist-leaning perspective. Whilst the biological bases is based on a sound meta-analysis of research, it still seems like a lot of generalising. Yeah a lot of it makes sense, but for a book that claims to "celebrate differences", I felt a sense of vexation upon finishing reading it, like the authors were trying to drone the message of 'Men lack emotional articulation/perception whilst women can't read maps etc. etc. but society or themselves can't really do anything about it, 'cause it's all hard-wired in the brain'. There seems to be a complete disregard of not only any 'real' influence of society, but more importantly the actual individual attributes. The danger of this is that if interpreted as so, it can lend itself towards and perpetuate the apathetic, nonchalant, prejudicial attitudes towards gender-stereotypes prevalent in our society. I get that this book is trying to be accessible to readers, but it almost presents a kind of pseudo reality - then again it was published in the late 80s, so a lot's changed since then in terms of neurological research and science... would be interesting to hear what the authors had to say today, and whether there's been a shift in views given the development of neuroscience.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sandi

    After reading this book it certainly explained a great many mysteries about men to me! This book was written after a twenty year study of the brain. I was always curious why women tend to learn and recuperate after strokes better, and faster then men. The reason is a certain band, located in the forehead region,that connects the left side of the brain to the right side. It is larger in women than in men and enables women to learn faster when in rehabilitation. I gave this book to many married wo After reading this book it certainly explained a great many mysteries about men to me! This book was written after a twenty year study of the brain. I was always curious why women tend to learn and recuperate after strokes better, and faster then men. The reason is a certain band, located in the forehead region,that connects the left side of the brain to the right side. It is larger in women than in men and enables women to learn faster when in rehabilitation. I gave this book to many married women all of whom said that it was extremely helpful in understanding their husbands a bit better. I love the way men's brains are explained - they have compartments that they open and when it is closed they don't think about what was in that compartment until that have to open it again and try to remember. I found the study fascinating. I think Spock would find it that way as well.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Bettyjo

    I really liked learning about the physical and chemical differences in the brain. I agree with a prior "poster" that this book starts to be more of a fight with feminism as the book progresses. I can see how the authors might have thought it necessary to address the topic as much as they did to illustrate their point, but it made it less interesting for me. If I agree, I hate to keep being told the reasons I shouldn't, over and over. But I also understand that for those who really don't believe I really liked learning about the physical and chemical differences in the brain. I agree with a prior "poster" that this book starts to be more of a fight with feminism as the book progresses. I can see how the authors might have thought it necessary to address the topic as much as they did to illustrate their point, but it made it less interesting for me. If I agree, I hate to keep being told the reasons I shouldn't, over and over. But I also understand that for those who really don't believe that there are biological reasons for the cultural differences between men and women, the fight in those pages is a bit more needed.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    Anne Moir has a Ph.D. in genetics, though is now a journalist. David Jessel is a journalist. They draw together a lot of research into differences between women and men (as of 1991) to support their claims: men and women ARE different (contradicting feminist desires), women shouldn't be ashamed of female traits (emotional intelligence, not being good at math, etc.). Some of this may be true, but by the end, it felt as if they were arguing with feminists more than presenting the true picture of t Anne Moir has a Ph.D. in genetics, though is now a journalist. David Jessel is a journalist. They draw together a lot of research into differences between women and men (as of 1991) to support their claims: men and women ARE different (contradicting feminist desires), women shouldn't be ashamed of female traits (emotional intelligence, not being good at math, etc.). Some of this may be true, but by the end, it felt as if they were arguing with feminists more than presenting the true picture of the world.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mel

    Very interesting... I think it leaves me a little up in the air as to how to actually use this information... I think it is a very useful concept and springboard for change, though the information I think is useful in a male/female dichotomy - ignoring that there will be people who will range in masculinity/femininity. I think it's common sense to see that men and women (as a whole) think differently - one only needs to look at the area of dating and relationships! Very interesting... I think it leaves me a little up in the air as to how to actually use this information... I think it is a very useful concept and springboard for change, though the information I think is useful in a male/female dichotomy - ignoring that there will be people who will range in masculinity/femininity. I think it's common sense to see that men and women (as a whole) think differently - one only needs to look at the area of dating and relationships!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sabina Christiansen

    Jesus christ is this even called research? Too many contradictions, not properly investigated. And they chose to grey out some of the research to promote their point of view. Not enough depth in the subject, and not all research made was valid. (As in statistically not acceptable) Waste of time, if you want a proper book on biology/psychology as a combination this is definitely a waste of time.

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