Norah Vincent embarked on a brave project and a journey that would take her to surprising places inside the minds of men. Unsurprisingly, her attempt to assume a different gender proved almost disastrous on her own psyche due to the strain of assuming a different persona and gender. As Vincent says, your gender (and how others treat you accordingly) is so much part of your core identity, more than race or sexuality, that trying to subvert it for any length of time will cause you serious mental damage. This is something that trans-gender individuals must presumably recognise. Vincent writes well and intelligently; her analysis of the dynamic between the sexes is astute and through-provoking. The book is also highly entertaining in the descriptions of some of the scenarios that Ned finds himself. I was reading this on the train and I had to stifle my laughs and smiles with a mad, contorted grimace. As a reader who is interested in gender politics and the study of male/female social dynamics, this book was revealing and refreshing, not least because Vincent concludes from her unique perspective that men have a rough deal: partly because society and their brains have permitted them only a "3 note emotional range" whilst women are allowed "octaves, chromatic scales". Vincent observes at one point that women are much more wordy and talkative than men in almost every situation. The only criticism I have is that she falls into a trap of verbosity towards the end when dissecting her conclusions. Nonetheless, a thoroughly enjoyable and fast-paced read which will give you lots of fascinating subject matter for discussion over the dinner table.