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About the Author
Steven E Rhoads
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One of Rhoads' former students reminisces fondly about one of his lectures on sex difference: "you stated your view that if an alien came to our planet and asked you to show him what happiness looked like, you'd show him a recently engaged woman." Perhaps, having let loose with such overcharged rhetoric, Rhoads should question the reporting he gets back from his undergraduate students and graduate assistants. On that topic, a strange irony is that much of the research assistance and many of the psychological studies that form the basis of his work were done by women. If the world were re-made without day-care centers and if more women just stayed home and followed their biological imperative to procreate, I wonder what Rhoads thinks would happen to these bright and productive women students? The University of Virginia, where he teaches, was the last public university to go coed, back in, I believe, 1970; the program he espouses would lead us inevitably back to those days.
On the other hand, many of his more focused suggestions make a lot of sense: His chapter on Title IX, for example, should be read by the bureaucrats in Washington who make the ham-handed regulations that are slowly decimating men's sports, and his observation that men use parental leave differently (and need it less) than women is an important insight. I hope that, as Rhoads evolves as a scholar, he will find a way to combine these important policy observations with a more nuanced approach to sex difference.
The challenge for modern society is to adjust underlying sex differences to the realities of a complex information society to which women, like men, have a great deal to contribute. While social policy cannot pretend away the profound differences between the sexes, it also cannot ignore the changes in reproductive technology and the workplace that have leveled the field between the sexes. Our society needs a strong voice for common sense in this discussion. Rhoads, unfortunately, too often allows anecdotal evidence and his own prejudices to overwhelm his better judgment, and has produced, therefore, a good book but not a great one.
Our culture and technological advances were achieved by high levels of testosterone not by estrogen, and not by the emasculation of men. Maleness should be cultivated. Competitiveness should be promoted from Head Start all the way up. Competitiveness brings out the best of society. Cooperation only brings stagnation, competitiveness brings forth progress!
The author clearly explains the natural physical and behavioral differences that exist between males and females. It also explains feminism and its failure and at the same time tacitly stands on the center while advocating in favor of some feminist points (at least that is how I saw it).
As for Day Care, the author clearly explains that children that attend day care get sick more often than children raised home with motherly care. Day Care exposes the children to Spinal Meningitis and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Day Care also increases the use of antibiotics and the incidence resistant strain infections. The statistical findings justify the Day Care avoidance and the stay at home mom family.
The book exposes feminist movement as a total blunder and even tells you about Germaine Greer, author of The Female Eunuch (1971) were she described childbearing as, "constricting, and suffocating, as an enemy woman's larger hopes." Thirty years later she is "desperate for a baby ... and mourning her unborn children..." It also tell us about the legacy of Simone De Beauvoir that sees mothering as a sacrifice, a burden, and onerous. Also, De Beauvoir speaks of the housewife as a subordinate secondary parasitic...
Nowadays feminist movements are antipatriarchal, communist, lesbian, and a totally anti male movement. The feminist movement has been the sole producer of fatherless homes which are the breeding ground to poverty, delinquency, psychological and psychiatric deviants, and gang members. No wonder why America is in trouble!
If you and your wife love your kids, your wife will make the decision, to be a housewife or will be a work at home mom. What is more important, the family or a women's career?
The book is seriously written, contains tons of information, which is a great. It shows the extent of emasculation that males have suffered. However, it raises a very serious question. As a male, what are you going to do to defend a preserve your nature? How can it be done while combining it with good parenting?
If you want to know about the male-female nature, this is the book.
If you want to create a wonderful marriage where both parties will feel totally satisfied, read the book. Discuss it with your partner and try to improve your relation.
What I do not like about the book? I do not know, maybe its pace.