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Male Female: The Evolution of Human Sex Differences Hardcover – Nov 23 2009


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  • Hardcover: 555 pages
  • Publisher: American Psychological Assoc; 2 edition (Nov. 23 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433806827
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433806827
  • Product Dimensions: 26.1 x 18.7 x 3.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #478,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Volk #1 REVIEWER#1 HALL OF FAME on March 25 2010
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Dave Geary has written a 500+ page book on the differences between men and women from an evolutionary perspective. This is a massive body of work, and it includes over one hundred pages of references! That's 20% of the book! The book is broken down into thirteen chapters:

Chapters 1-5 deal with the basics of evolutionary theory, explaining Natural and Sexual selection, life history, and primate evolution. It's a fairly thorough review, certainly enough to give a strong context to the remainder of the book. The idea is that being animals ourselves, we can use biological theories and cross-species comparisons to shed light on our own behavior. So it's crucial to understand those theories and comparisons prior to moving on to humans.

The remaining chapters focus on human sex differences, including: fatherhood (Chapter 6), choosing & competing for mates (Chapters 7&8), child development (Chapters 9&10), and human thought/cognition (Chapters 11-13). These chapters vary in length, tending to get shorter as the book goes on. This is in part due to overlap with previous chapters. A chapter on perceptual differences doesn't have to re-explain childhood differences or sex-related behaviors that were already discussed. The book ends with an afterword that tackles some modern sex differences, including math skills, eating disorders, and general intelligence. These are relatively controversial issues, but Geary deals with them fairly.

Overall, this book is superb. As someone who does some research in the area (and yes, I'm including briefly in the 100+ pages of references), I was pleasantly surprised to come across new and interesting facts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 13 1999
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Ever wonder why older men are considered attractive (like Harrison Ford and Sean Connery, but rarely older women?
Is beauty in the eye of the beholder when it comes to physical attraction in dating, or is beauty something we can all agree upon?
Why are males more physically aggresive than females? Why are women more involved with the caretaking of children than men?
Is there evidence that gender differences emerge before socialization can occur such as in infancy?
Dr. Geary attempts to explain gender differences from an evolutionary framework by integrating compelling evidence from many social fields such as anthropology, psychology, and sociobiology. Unlike the watered down "Mars and Venus" books, this book is scholarly and offers scientific evidence to support the claims. A must read for any serious student or scholar of the social sciences.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By WalkerI on Aug. 12 2002
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This an extremely comprehensive book. With a bibliography bigger than some books, no one can say that Mr. Geary hasn't done his homework. His ability to distill a vast amount of information into a comprehensible, concise and compelling theory of the reasons for gender differences is remarkable. His writing style, although academicly oriented, is very readable. No words are wasted, and no thoughts are half-baked. Agree with him or not, his arguments are well concieved and well documented. A virtual one stop shop for all the documented differences between the sexes. A great book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nichole Corie on Dec 21 1999
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Professor Geary provides the most thorough discussion and explanation of gender differences I have ever read. His descriptions make sense in terms of my personal experiences and his theory and explanations are compelling. This is a must read for anyone who wants to really understand gender differences.
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