In his new book, Taking Sex Differences Seriously, Dr. Steven Rhoads assembles a wealth of scientific evidence showing that sex distinctions are "hardwired" into our biology. They range from the subtle (men get a chemical high from winning while women get one from nursing) to the profound (women with high testosterone levels are more promiscuous, more competitive, and more conflicted about having children than those with average levels.)
In this provocative exploration of the masculine and feminine, Rhoads dispels contemporary clichés and spotlights biological realities. Meticulously researched and elegantly written, Taking Sex Differences Seriously is a groundbreaking look at the way we are.
"The studies Rhoads summarizes show how far our official doctrine of gender neutrality is from the truth. Most were made by social psychologists attracted to feminism. . . who expected to discover that sex differences were little or nothing. They found otherwise, and they had the courage to say so.
Rhoads does not accept the injunction of social science against judgments of value. He has no hesitation in stating, as the result of his research, that "women would be wise to realize" they have a sexual makeup that differs from men's. All women who doubt this finding would be wise to read Rhoads's fine book."
Harvey Mansfield, the Weekly Standard, July 24.
"While polite, even generous, toward his intellectual opponents, Rhoads still reveals "the androgynous project" to be nothing less than "misogynist."
Allan Carlson, the National Review, July 12. Read the full review.
"A Pleasure to Read "
"Taking Sex Differences Seriously is a pleasure to read. The book is well written, well researched, and makes a strong contribution to disseminating what we understand about sex differences. The combination of an accessible and engaging writing style and solid footing in the scientific literature makes the work a good undergraduate text or adjunct text, in addition to a fun read for anyone interested in learning more about why men and women differ."
David C. Geary, Ph.D., Author of Male, Female Professor and Chair, Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Missouri
Steven Rhoads has taught public policy at the University of Virginia for over thirty years. His essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Public Interest and other publications. His books include The Economist's View of the World and Incomparable Worth: Pay Equity Meets the Market. Mr. Rhoads lives with his family outside Charlottesville, Virginia.