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Almost everything assumed about women-physically, medically, and psychologically-turns out to be untested, unproven, or untrue. This stereotype-shattering book draws on recent cutting-edge research from gender sciences to document the complex interconnections among all aspects of a woman's life. In proving that women are not the second sex but a separate sex, Just Like a Woman redefines what it means to be female. 416 pp.
"Hales resolutely eschews politics of all kinds...[she] focuses upon the implications of recent scientific research for our understanding of women and the ways they differ from men."—The Washington Post Book World
"An overview of recent gender-specific research that is redefining womanhood, drawing on biology, anthropology, and psychology."—Kirkus Reviews
"Hales concludes that gender differences are a product of natural selection, a successful, ongoing evolutionary strategy whereby women and men complement each other. By pulling together current knowledge on the subject, Hales has provided an engrossing snapshot of today's complicated gender landscape that future historians will use as a reference. For all science collections."
-Kelly Hensley, East Tennessee State University Library, Johnson City for Library Journal
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Part One: The Foreign Land --
1. What is a Woman?; 2. The Female of the Species; 3. Lucy's Daughters; 4. The Body of a Woman; 5. The Invisible Patient;
Part Two: The Dance of Life --
6. Girls in Bloom; 7. Riding the Moon; 8. The Restless Womb; 9. To Become a Mother; 10. Second Puberty;
Part Three: The Woman Within --
11. Is There a Female Brain?; 12. Gender and Emotion; 13. Vulnerable Women; 14. Sensuous Spirits; 15. Tomorrow's Woman; Acknowledgements; Notes; Selected Bibliography; Index