This provocative book dispels social cliches and spotlights biological realities.
In this view, gender is a social construction. Moreover, one can change one's gender like one changes one's clothes. Male today, female tomorrow, bisexual one day, homosexual the next. This is the brave new world of the gender benders.
The thesis Rhoads offers is simple: men and women are different, and these differences are basic, profound and rooted in our very nature. With a wealth of documentation and research, Rhoads sets the record straight, informing us of the clear scientific and biological case for male-female differences.
Hormones and other chemical/biological determinants cannot be dismissed when assessing gender. Their very presence means that nature has hotwired the human species into two clearly different sexes, and these differences cannot be wished away by social engineers.
And these changes can be found from our earliest moments, refuting the notion that social or environmental factors are the sole explanations for such differences. For example, day-old infants will cry when they hear a recording of another infant crying, but girls will cry longer than boys.
Women tend to be more communitarian, more nurturing and less aggressive than men. Researchers have found that there are universal constants running throughout every known human society, including division of labour by sex, women being the primary child carers, and the dominance of men in the public sphere.Read more ›
You see, I am a high testosterone woman. I was actually tested for it
after a string of miscarriages a few years ago (they felt it might be a
possible cause, but it wasn't.) All my life, all my 44 years, I have felt
confused as to why I never fit in with other women. I tend to think like
a man, I tend to offer advice instead of a shoulder to vent on, I have
always been obsessed with sex/porn, I tend to be aggressive, I was a
tomboy as a child, and still am, I like "guy" things, but strangely I am
not a feminist, quite the contrary. I am fortunate in that I was raised
by a father who allowed me to be myself and didn't try to box me into
The jobs I have held in my life were always male dominated ones: law
enforcement and the like. I was always happy being the way I am, but
people often made me feel there was something wrong with me. Now I know
there isn't, I'm just a high T woman!
I also wonder if my bisexuality is caused by the high T levels. Although
I am bisexual in orientation, I have been happily married to a man for 22
years and have three children. Curiosuly I think my husband may be low
Testosterone...he is the opposite of me in so many ways! Maybe thats why
we are a perfect match.
I feel like I have been "born again" in a sense, I feel complete. And I
feel I'm OKAY! :-)