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Why Men Don't Have a Clue and Women Always Need More Shoes: The Ultimate Guide to the Opposite Sex [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio Cassette]

Barbara Pease , Allan Pease
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Jan. 13 2004

Do you know the top seven things men do that drive women nuts? Or the real reason women cry more than men do? What are men really looking for in a woman—both at first sight and for the long-term? These are only the starting points for Barbara and Allan Pease as they discuss the very real—and often very funny—differences between the sexes.
Why Men Don’t Have a Clue and Women Always Need More Shoes takes a look at some of the issues that have confused men and women for centuries. Using new findings on the brain, studies of social changes, evolutionary biology, and psychology, the Peases teach you how to make the most of your relationships—or at least begin to understand where your partner is coming from.
They help women understand why men avoid commitment, what drives them to lie, and how to decode male speech to find out what they are really saying. They explain to men why women nag, how they use emotional blackmail, and how to understand (and take advantage of!)  the top-secret scoring system all women apply.  They also dish about the top turn-ons--and turn-offs--for both sexes. Laced with their trademark humor, Why Men Don’t Have a Clue and Women Always Need More Shoes addresses a host of nitty-gritty battlegrounds as well, from channel surfing and toilet seats to shopping and communication.
Already a #1 bestseller in the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Holland, Spain, Brazil, Portugal, Belgium, Ireland, France, Czech Republic, India, Singapore, Malaysia, South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia, Why Men Don’t Have a Clue and Women Always Need More Shoes is the answer to understanding the opposite sex.

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Husband and wife team Barbara and Allan Pease attempt build on the success of their Why Men Don't Listen and Women Can't Read Maps (2001) with a volume that succumbs to sequelitis. Some new research leads to a familiar conclusion: men have problem-solving brains and women have processing brains, and never the twain shall meet. In the chapter "Seven Things Men Do That Drive Women Insane," for example, the Peases explore the problem of the remote control. Men aren't flipping through all those channels to be difficult or annoying-it's just evolution. Women, they explain, like to relax at the end of a long day with a show that involves "human interaction and emotional scenes." Men, on the other hand, enjoy whizzing through the channels to "analyze the problems in each program and consider the solutions needed." The authors also explain that men's brains are hard-wired to find certain physical female attributes sexy (no surprise there) and advise women to just accept it: "If you think it's absolutely necessary, treat yourself to a nose job or enhance your breasts for your birthday." Their flippancy may turn off some readers, and their attempts at comedy often fall flat. The Peases cite a good number of sources-theories of evolutionary biology and snippets of brain research, spiced up with vignettes and anecdotes-but it's hard to take their research seriously when they include such fluff as lists of what men and women say vs. what they mean ("Nice dress," when a man says it, means "Nice breasts"; women say "Do you love me?" and mean "I want something expensive"). Also, they might have explored, or even acknowledged, the possibility that nurture may have big hand in inter-gender misunderstanding too. Instead, women (the intended audience here) get advice like this: "The key is always to manage the males in your life, rather than arguing... or feeling frustrated with them. That way, both sexes can live happily ever after." If they say so.
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'Read by the authors, this is the perfect way to settle arguments, understand annoyances in your relationship and become an expert on the foibles of women and misbehaviour of men.' -- Mike Woods WATERSTONES BOOKS QUARTERLY 'Self-help with lavish helpings of comic entertainment, this audiotape could either makte or break you next eight-hour car journey with your spouse sitting next to you.' WITH KIDS 'they have the knack of putting their finger on the tiny things that drive the sexes to distraction when they try to coexist... Perceptive and funny, this is one to put on in the car for both you and your nearest and dearest sparring partner to profit from.' -- Christina Hardyment THE TIMES 'If you value your relationship, you'd better read it and find the answers to such eternal questions as "Why do men lie, avoid commitment and leave the lavatory seat up?" and "Why do women cry, nag and rabbit on?" If you can get on with Barbara talking about women's brains "being hard-wired to nurture and nest-defence" and Alan relating everything men do to spatial skills acquired as cavemen - yes, it even applies to lavatory seats - you'll probably end up as happy as the Peases.' -- Sue Arnold THE GUARDIAN

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars might be OK for total know-nothings April 25 2004
The basic attempt with this book was to use sex differences - which are all the rage these days - to make a relationships self-help book. The self-help stuff requires the usual and worn-to-death case studies of couples, followed by nice/neat explanations showing us just how simple all this really is, while the sex differences material requires a more expository approach, discussing the latest in brain research, etc. The net result is that instead of being coherent, the book comes across as being schizo, like it can't decide which kind of book it really wants to be. Or maybe the two different authors wrote different chapters. In other words, some of the book is good, a lot of it is so-so, and the rest not so great. At times it's even ridiculous.
The sex differences stuff is so watered down and simple-minded as to be virtually ludicrous (not to mention useless). Men are one-track minded hunters and women are caring/nurtering gatherers in this black and white universe. Consequently, they're able to give simple and definite answers to nuanced questions and situations which are, of course, a little more complicated than they'd like to think.
In spite of a page in the intro making one think the authors are sympathetic to men, the net portrayal is of belching, farting, dirty-joke telling louts who won't put the toilet seat down, ask for directions, or let go of the TV remote - just like in any sitcom. There's even a section on "retraining your man". The section on lieing starts out by assuring us men and women lie in equal amounts, but then devolves into illustrating all the ways men lie to women. I suppose we could have guessed from the cover being 70% pink that this book was mostly aimed at a female audience and therefore needs to constantly remind them how superior they are to men.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time! Feb. 5 2004
By Spook
A waste of time for anyone married more than 5 years! If you have only a double digit IQ perhaps you should read this book. It is easy to read, but the advice given is nothing more than common sense. (Teach your mother-in-law to walk ten miles/day and after a week she will be 70 miles away). Funny-- 25 years ago!
The authors often refer to the fact that men and women are different --- dah! That is why we are attracted to each other! They cite examples to illustrate a point, sometimes helpfull but usually quite mundane.
This MIGHT be a good book to give to newly weds!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for teens, singles and couples May 7 2004
WOW this book pulls back the curtains and communicates plainly about the causes of the communication conflicts between men and women. This tells why the troubles happen and how to work around the majority of the pit falls. Teens and singles need to read this book to save them selves much future misunderstanding and hurt. Married couples need to read this book to prevent the same old arguments, hurt each other less and understand the partner better. Love can flow best when those giving and receiving are on the same wave length.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Insightful! June 6 2006
To whomever is reading this I would like to let you know that this book changed a lot of outlooks on how I viewed men and women. It gave me the information I needed in order to make smarter arguments and better decisions for the future. Overall this book has given me a much larger understanding of the sexes and I would definitely read it if you have any confusion about why men and women do the things they do. Also, even if you think you may know enough, it doesn't hurt to know more!! Now go read it!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book helped me! Feb. 25 2004
By Fiona
I like this book and felt there was a lot of truth in what is written about men and women. This book could have been written about my husband! I fit the profile too, and it made me think about how I come across to others. And now that I have read this book I am can understand why we have had so many hassles in the past. The whole time I was reading the book I was nodding my head in agreement, or laughing at the jokes. Everyone should read this at least once in their lifetime.
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3.0 out of 5 stars THESE GUYS NEED MORE CLUES AND SHOES!!! April 27 2004
WHY MEN DON'T HAVE A CLUE AND WOMEN ALWAYS NEED MORE SHOES is better than most dating books because writers Barbara and Allan Pease did a lot of research before they wrote it. The best parts of the book are the sections where they post results of their studies about what physical characteristics attract the opposite sex. The only flaw in their list is when they rate faces as being less important than physiques, when scientific research has concluded the opposite. (See Nancy Etcoff's SURVIVAL OF THE PRETTIEST.) Mr. and Mrs. Pease then lose all their remaining credibility when then say people choose personality as being more important than looks, which isn't supported by scientific studies.
This is an entertaining book because of the way its put together, with lots of practical research about how to impress people by improving your appearance and habits.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not only for couples "in trouble" teaches the opposite sex why the...
VERY informative. Should be a wedding gift for new couples. Not only for couples "in trouble" teaches the opposite sex why the opposite sex is why they are like they are... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Anne McMahon
1.0 out of 5 stars sexist, disrespectful, flippant. poor excuse at gender humor disguised...
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Published on July 10 2012 by Nisaa
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