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5.0 out of 5 stars a fairground ride, 10 Mar. 2005
This review is from: Sex,Lies and Stereotypes: Challenging Views of Women, Men, and Relationships (Paperback)
Fast moving and colourful, Sex, Lies and Stereotypes by Dr Gary Wood is a slim volume that could be read in a week-end, but you won't want to read it that quickly; you'll want to digest and discuss with friends and lovers some of the eclectic ideas and evidence presented before reading on, maybe even compare scores on some of the quizzes designed to reflect back attitudes on sex and gender to the reader.
The book is an intelligent response to the kind of books (typified by the different planet mentality) that perpetuate the myth that what divides men and women is more important than what unites us as human beings; an example of what he refers to as binary thinking. The last chapter is wonderfully titled, "Men are from earth and women are from earth, get over it."!!!
The book draws together research and ideas from a broad spectrum that includes the classics, anthropology, biology and psychology, but the tone is conversational, witty and openly persuasive. Dr Wood has a knack of making facts funny and memorable. I will always think of Procrustes now as "a kind of Greek Basil Fawlty".
Ultimately, this book is a plea that we embrace and celebrate the notion of complexity in our relationships; that we move beyond a polarising and adversarial stance, in favour of seeking win/win solutions for our own health as well as for the good of others. He concludes with advice on how we might go about improving our communications with others. I found the book highly enjoyable, thought provoking and useful and ultimately reassuring.
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