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★★☆☆☆

“Clearly the notion of the book will strike a chord...”

Written on: 16/12/2006 by jonnyjazz (1 review written)

Good Points
Attempts to write formal 'scientific' theory in an informal and light-hearted way.
Easy structure with short 'sections' with catchy draw-in titles 'Why Men Can't Lie to Women'

Bad Points
Harshly generalises the genders and their roles
Works upon outdated stereotypes of masculinity and femininity
Is insulting in its generalisations of identity
Outright rejects the ideas of social impact upon behaviour, despite obvious impact of these
Uses the authors' lives as 'raw material' and appears to believe that everybody worldwide has the same relationship experiences of lazy men who are unhelpful and socially inept, and of the hardworking women with their superior social intellect and senses
The book is highly gendercentric in its views and borders upon anti-male at times.

General Comments
Clearly the notion of the book will strike a chord with a general public, drawn to the bright lights of 21st century 'evidence' of how everything we experience is inherent in our brains and everything about us is genetic, however the book serves to totally reject the social impacts and hence has a strongly biased, stereotyping and generalized definition of gender, from which the entire pathos of the book derives. If you are devoutly allied to the former in the Nature vs Nurture debate, you may herald this as some literary masterpiece, however if you have a wider viewpoint and the ability to rationalize thought, this book may, as it has to me, anger you with its opinions.