In recent years researchers in many scientific fields have actively focused on what being female really means. Their startling conclusion: Almost every assumption made about women–physical, medical, historical, psychological–turns out to be untested, unproven, or untrue.
Stereotypes about women are as old as time–and as current as still-too-prevalent beliefs based on male models. Acclaimed health writer Dianne Hales brings together the cutting-edge research in anthropology, physiology, psychology, neuroscience, endocrinology, and medicine in a book that reveals the complex interconnections between all aspects of a woman’s life from infancy to old age. Gender science is now clearly demonstrating that women are not the second sex but a separate sex, unique in body, mind, and spirit.
Just Like a Woman explains what it means to live in a woman’s body, think with a woman’s brain, drink in the world with a woman’s senses, and react with a woman’s sensibility to the stresses and elations of her multiple roles. Refreshingly free of ideology, this meticulously documented book offers a stunningly liberating message that expands our concept of human potential–and will forever change the way every woman views herself.
Dianne Hales is the author of La Bella Lingua, a New York Times bestseller; Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered, translated into six languages; and more than forty trade and text books, including Just Like a Woman, Caring for the Mind and thirty editions of a leading college… More about Dianne Hales
"A sensitive exploration…thoughtful and eloquent." —Time
"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…[and] challenges the long-held scientific notion that woman is abnormal and inferior [to man] in body and therefore in mind and spirit." —Kirkus Reviews
"Clearly explains how women are different from men in important ways and eloquently describes why these differences matter so much. Highly recommended!" –Dean Ornish, M.D.