142 pages, b/w illustrations
Few people realize how much science can tell us about the differences between men and women. Yves Christen, provided the first comprehensive overview of research in this area when this classic book was first published in the 1990s. He goes beyond simplistic "biology is destiny" arguments and constructs a convincing case for linking social and biological approaches in order to understand complex differences in behavior. Biologists agree that the sexes differ in brain and body structure. Christen links these differences in cerebral anatomy to differences in behavior and intellect. Taking his readers on a journey through psychology, endocrinology, demography, and many other fields, Christen shows that the biological and the social are not antagonistic. To the contrary, social factors tend to exaggerate the biological rather than neutralize it. This controversial work, Sex Differences, takes on traditional feminism for its refusal to confront the evidence on biologically determined sex differences. Christen argues for a feminism that sees traits common to women in a positive light, in the tradition of such early feminists as Clemence Royer and Margaret Sanger, as well as more contemporary feminist sociobiologists like Sarah Hrdy. We deny sex differences only at the price of scientific truth and our own self-respect.
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Yves Christen is one of Europe's most prolific science writers. Trained at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, France, he holds his doctorate in immunogenetics, and master's degrees in psychology, biochemistry, and animal biology. The author or co-author of ten books, he has edited nine others. He is currently Chairman of la Fondation IPSEN, an organization established to track progress in biomedical research.
Nicholas Davidson is the author of The Failure of Feminism and the editor of Gender Sanity and On Divorce.