Woman An Intimate Geography
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Description: With the clarity, insight, and sheer exuberance of language that make her one of The New York Times's premier stylists, Pulitzer Prize-winner Natalie Angier lifts the veil of secrecy from that most enigmatic of evolutionary masterpieces, the female body. Angier takes readers on a mesmerizing tour of female anatomy and physiology that explores everything from organs to orgasm, and delves into topics such as exercise, menopause, and the mysterious properties of breast milk. A self-proclaimed "scientific fantasia of womanhood." Woman ultimately challenges widely accepted Darwinian-based gender stereotypes. Angier shows how cultural biases have influenced research in evolutionary psychology (the study of the biological bases of behavior) and consequently lead to dubious conclusions about "female nature." such as the idea that women are innately monogamous while men are natural philanderers. But Angier doesn't just point fingers; she offers optimistic alternatives and transcends feminist polemics with an enlightened subversiveness that makes for a joyful, fresh vision of womanhood. Woman is a seminal work that will endure as an essential read for anyone intersted in how biology affects who we are?as women, as men, and as human beings.
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Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/15/2000
Size: 4.50" wide x 6.00" long x 1.00" tall
Michael Pollan is a contributing writer for "The New York Times Magazine" as well as a contributing editor at "Harper's" magazine. He is the author of two prize-winning books: "Second Nature: A Gardener's Education" and "A Place of My Own: The Education of an Amateur Builder." Pollan lives in Connecticut with his wife and son.Natale Angier is a Pulitzer Prize winning writer for the New York Times and a frequent contributor to many magazines. Her honors include the Lewis Thomas Award and the AAAS Science Journalism Award. Her books include Natural Obsessions: Striving to Unlock the Deepest Secrets of the Cancer Cell and The Beauty of the Beastly: New Views on the Nature of Life. She lives near Washington D.C.
|Introduction: Into the Light|
|Unscrambling the Egg: It Begins with One Perfect Solar Cell|
|The Mosaic Imagination: Understanding the "Female" Chromosome|
|Default Line: Is the Female Body a Passive Construct?|
|The Well-Tempered Clavier: On the Evolution of the Clitoris|
|Suckers and Horns: The Prodigal Uterus|
|Mass Hysteria: Losing the Uterus|
|Circular Reasonings: The Story of the Breast|
|Holy Water: Breast Milk|
|A Gray and Yellow Basket: The Bounteous Ovary|
|Greasing the Wheels: A Brief History of Hormones|
|Venus in Furs: Estrogen and Desire|
|Mindful Menopause: Can We Live Without Estrogen?|
|There's no Place Like Notoriety: Mothers, Grandmothers, and Other Great Dames|
|Wolf Whistles and Hyena Smiles: Testosterone and Women|
|Spiking the Punch: In Defense of Female Aggression|
|Cheap Meat: Learning to Make a Muscle|
|Labor of Love: The Chemistry of Human Bondage|
|Of Hoggamus and Hogwash: Putting Evolutionary Psychology on the Couch|
|A Skeptic in Paradise: A Call for Revolutionary Psychology|