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Brain Sex: The Real Difference Between Men and Women (Anglais) Broché – 1 août 1992

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Why can't a woman be more like a man? What is this thing called "feminine intuition"? Why are men better at reading maps, and women at other people's characters? The answers lie in the basic biological differences between the male and female brain, which, say the authors, make it impossible for the sexes to share equal emotional or intellectual qualities.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I wish I had read this twenty years ago 26 mai 2013
Par master craftsman - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Dr. Moir scientifically demolishes the we're-all-the-same idealistic feminist notion in her well written book. If you are a woman looking for knowledge about your more successful self, check our Anne Moir's web site to see a women who "leaned in" to her successful career while thoroughly understanding the real strengths of men and women.

If you want to understand the opposite sex better, this is the best book I've read.

If nothing else, check out Anne Moir's web page to see how a real scientific woman actualizes.

One other thing, I always read the negative reviews. Reading these here, it seems many negative reviewers don't realize scientists look for general truths about people. This book is written about those generalities but every single person is different. For instance, if you want to hire a field goal kicker, your best general chance of getting a good one would be to check out a lot of practiced men because men generally have twice the muscle mass of women. Or you could hire Mia Hamm whose kicking expertise enticed the Chiefs.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Do brains have a gender? 7 décembre 2013
Par John - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Brain Sex is a book that delves into the differences between men and women. Geneticist Anne Moir teams up with journalist David Jessel to translate the scientific perspective on sexual difference into everyday language. The authors ground their discussion in biochemical and behavioral data, building their case to demonstrate that men and women really do have significant differences. Rather than fight these differences, the authors argue, we should understand them and learn to use them to our advantage. The book does a good job providing the scientific perspective on the issue of gender, but it can get a little over-the-top at points, so I would rate it four out of five stars.
The authors begin with a basic discussion of gender. The human X and Y chromosome system is discussed. From the start, though, Moir and Jessel make it clear that sexuality is much more complicated than simply a male vs. female chromosomal make up. They cite cases that do not fit this definition. Turner girls, whose cells contain an extra X chromosome, are used as an example. These girls show exaggerated feminine traits such as a higher interest in dolls and eventually in babies and young children. They also demonstrate that genetic make up is not the sole determinant of sexual behavior. They discuss girls with congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH), who tend to be more masculine in behavior, having a higher interest in cars and trucks as children for example. Although genetically XY, CAH girls are exposed to testosterone levels in the womb not normally experienced by female embryos. From here, the authors introduce concepts of masculinization of the brain. Their arguments depend on data from studies in rats and monkeys that show how “male” brains can develop in female bodies, and vice versa, if only given the right hormone at the right time. All of these points show the underlying principles of gender and present the idea of gender as a continuum.
After establishing a view of sexuality that transcends mere chromosomes or body parts, the authors turn to the human story. They discuss how human babies only hours old already show sexual biases and predispositions. They cite data on newborn girls being significantly more sensitive to sound and touch than newborn boys. They also point out that speech problems are almost exclusively seen amongst boys and how little girls learn to speak sooner on average. The authors argue that the inherent differences in their brains lead the sexes to prefer different cognitive strategies. Naturally, as the children grow, each sex preferentially strengthens different “cognitive muscles,” separating them further.
Next, the authors turn to puberty, during which a large influx of hormones further accentuates sexual differences. They make good use of the general acceptance of menstrual hormones in their argument. They discuss women who have extreme hormonal cycles during menstruation and how roughly 50% of psychiatric, medical, and criminal admissions of women can be traced back to “that time of the month.” They also mention the more common inconveniences experienced by most women. None of this is necessarily groundbreaking, but they use this general conception to pose an interesting question. If we admit menstrual hormones can make such a difference in behavior, why are we so reluctant to admit that prenatal, pubertal, and general differences in hormonal levels could have a similar effect?
The authors go on to discuss the male side of hormonal activity on the brain. They cite human and animal studies in which testosterone boosters were shown to increase aggression and castration, shown to decrease it. They go beyond this to paint a picture of male hierarchies fueled by aggression, using familiar scenarios like rowdy soccer fans and male schoolyard antics.
Many of us have a sense of sexual difference, but it is often seen as uncouth to acknowledge it. This book does a good job of illuminating science’s perspective on the issue. The authors use scientific data mingled with common metaphors and perceptions to demonstrate their point. Much of the data I had heard about before, but it was creatively strung together to form a convincing image of sexual difference that extended from the infancy to adulthood.
My only complaints would be about the tone. At times the authors get a little excited and over the top, which made them seem a little biased. For example, the authors use language like “it’s time to explode the social myth that men and women are equal.” They also got grimly sarcastic at points: “In theory, we could change [the pattern] absolutely, by the manipulation of fetal hormones – there’s no little boy we can’t make behave like a little girl, and vice versa… All it needs is the application of Nazi principles to late twentieth-century biochemical technology.” This sarcastic tone surfaces at other places throughout the book. It likely stems from the issue being such a polarized one, and I am sure the authors did receive their share of spite for their attitudes towards the sexes. Perhaps this kind of language was convincing to some, and it was certainly spicy and fun. However, it did annoy me at points because it felt like an oversimplification or a somewhat bitter ridiculing of the opposing viewpoint.
Moir and Jessel use skills of science and persuasive writing to shed light on the topic of sexual differences. They add scientific data to a usually political discussion, and I think it definitely has a place there. Although they go overboard at times, this can be seen as a passion about the topic, passion which definitely shined through during the course of the book. They appealed to common sense values and reasoning and used familiar settings and stories in their arguments. Because of this, they found success. Their book became a best seller, and they raised awareness about their view of sexual dimorphism. Personally, I would also call the book a success. It was interesting and had me thinking about it weeks later.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good Read. 22 juin 2017
Par O. Zarantonello - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Good book, the first half is a bit slow, but when it gets into how the brain effects man and women differently it becomes a very fun read.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A great book, especially if you want to understand your wife's thinking... 2 mai 2012
Par W. Fritz - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This is a great book. Well researched & written. Very interesting experiments & lab scenarios... along w/ human experiences as well.

Unlike other reviewers think, I believe the last chapter is especially valuable. It helps understand how the male & female brains together are great than the sum of the whole.

Want to understand how your wife thinks, consciously & unconsciously? Re-read it periodically. I have... and every (male) friend I've given a copy to has thanked me.

"I think we should do this" - "How did you come up w/ that solution?" - "I don't know" - (Hmmm sounds illogical to me... and then the fight started)... you may learn that your wife is better at factoring in personalities better than you can.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Amazon: Brain Sex: The Real Difference Between Men and Women 27 janvier 2014
Par Vivian Taylor - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
If you have ever wondered why there is such a big difference between men and women, then read this book. It explains it all. There have been books written more recently, but the information and explanations are the same. But this book is by far easier to read and understand. I highly recommend it.
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