Politics Professor Steven Rhoads to Read from New Book at UVa Library

The University of Virginia Bookstore News Release
Event date, July 29, 2004

The University of Virginia Bookstore is pleased to announce that Politics professor Steven Rhoads will be reading and signing in the Reading Room of UVA’s newly re-designed Science & Engineering Library on Thursday, July 29, 2004 at 5:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public.

In his groundbreaking new book, Taking Sex Differences Seriously, Steven Rhoads, who has taught public policy at the University of Virginia for more than 30 years, argues that the modern women’s movement has ignored essential biological differences between men and women in its push for equality. The result has been to drive women into the workplace when many of them would rather be at home.

Using evidence from studies conducted from the early 20th through the 21st century, Rhoads builds a case that delineates sex differences as well as their implications for everything from personal relationships to public policy. Rhoads offers prescriptions that run counter to the last four decades of cultural trends and federal legislation. His suggestions range from upgrading cheerleading to the status of a competitive sport to downgrading the access of fathers to paid parental leave at universities. He decries the impact of Title IX on high school and collegiate sports, believing it has reduced men’s opportunities to play sports when they need them to tame aggressive impulses and bond with other men in ways that women do not.

In Taking Sex Differences Seriously, Rhoads takes issue with the “dominant ideology” of the past 40 years that sees men and women as having equivalent natures. Instead, he focuses on their differences in three basic areas — sex, nurturing, and aggression or competitiveness. He argues that these differences are a part of male and female natures and suggests that, rather than trying to wish or legislate them away, policymakers should take them into account when thinking about public policy.

Please join us in welcoming Mr. Rhoads for a discussion that will raise eyebrows, challenge preconceptions, and stimulate new ideas. The Science & Engineering Library is located in Clark Hall on McCormick Road. Parking will be available in the Central Grounds Visitor Parking Garage (fee charged). This event is sponsored by the University of Virginia Bookstore. If you have questions or would like to schedule an interview, please feel free to email Laura Miller at lam2c@virginia.edu or call (434) 924-1073.

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