Woman An Intimate Geography Author:Natalie Angier 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 exp... more »lores 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.« less
Pulitzer Prize-winner Natalie Angier explains and demystifies the beautiful thing that is the female body. She details both anatomy and physiology, organs and orgasms, and covers every topic imaginable with clear admiration and joy. She challenges gender stereotypes and shows that cultural biases have led to behaviors that are not necessarily natural.
Angier explains how biology affects who we are as women. It also explains who men are and how and why men differ from women. She avoids the typical name calling and gives us a fresh view of womanhood and "female nature". It's a beautiful and eye-opening book.