The Sexual Paradox

The Sexual Paradox

Men, Women, and the Real Gender Gap

Paperback - 2009
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Now available in paperback from psychologist and award- winningcolumnistSusanPinker, the groundbreaking and contro- versial book that is "lively, well- written...important and timely" ( The Washington Post ).

In   this   "ringing   salvo in the sex-difference   wars" ( The New York Times Book Review ),  Pinker  examines  how fundamental sex differences play out over the life span. By comparing   fragile   boys   who succeed  later  in  life  with  high- achieving   women   who   opt out  or  plateau  in  their  careers,

Pinker turns several assumptions upside down: that women and men are biologically equivalent, that intelligence is all it takes to succeed, and that women are just versions of men, with identical interests and goals. In lively prose, Pinker guides readers through the latest findings in neuro- science and economics while addressing these questions: Are males the more fragile sex? Which sex is the happiest at work? Why do some male

college dropouts earn more than the bright girls who sat beside them in third grade? The answers to these questions are the opposite of what we expect.

A provocative and illuminating examination of how and why learning and behavioral gaps in the nursery are reversed in the boardroom, this fascinat- ing book reveals how sex differ- ences influence career choices and ambition. Through the stories of real men and women, science, and examples from popular culture, Susan Pinker takes a new look at the differences between women and men.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, [2009]
Edition: 1st Scribner trade pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780743284714
0743284712
Characteristics: xiv, 352 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.

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Mar 10, 2013

Another person has commented that this book is flawed because the author does not include black women in her definition of the word "women", as evidences by this statement: "...American women struggled--but failed--to have the same constitutional rights as had been granted to former slaves." While the wording is unfortunate, and the author admits to a privileged background, this statement further into the text would seem to indicate that she does take black women into account: "When the war ended [WW2], there were gains for some women, especially for black women..." The statement objected to is, however, essentially correct. Women are still not constitutionally recognized as equal citizens, while former slaves have been. In effect, we are still somewhat, under the constitution, working under "All MEN are created equal..." (Emphasis is, of course, mine.), due to the fact that women's rights under the constitution are granted by a 1972 Supreme Court decision (which can be reversed by a vote of the court), but rights to people of color (male people, anyway) was written into the constitution shortly after the Civil War, even if it did take the Supreme Court nearly a hundred years to catch up to that fact. The Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits denying a (male is implied and understood) citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's "race, color, or previous condition of servitude". The Fourteenth amendment more widely grants rights to ALL citizens, except that it implies that representation in government is based on the number of male citizens (except some Indians) [while slaves formerly counted for part of a person for the purposes of assigning congressional seats and electoral college votes, apparently women counted not at all] and specifically states that voting is protected for all MALE citizens.

I have digressed. The excerpt in question appears to be the preface to a book that sweeps aside the stultifying political correctness currently surrounding this issue, and attempts to take it on. It is necessary that we do so, and I admire this author for her willingness to wade into the fray.

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