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The Sexual Paradox: Extreme Men, Gifted Women and the Real Gender Gap By Susan Pinker, The Sexual Paradox Men, Women and the Real Susan Pinker s The Sexual Paradox is meticulously researched, brilliantly argued and thoroughly persuasive It moves the debate over sex differences to a new level of sophistication It moves the debate over sex differences to a new level of sophistication. The Sexual Paradox Susan Pinker The Sexual Paradox is a page turner a fascinating account of sex differences exemplified by real life stories of fragile boys who later succeed and gifted, early performing girls who eventually opt out of the career track, with interpretations based on current neuroscience research. The Sexual Paradox Book by Susan Pinker Official Susan Pinker s The Sexual Paradox is meticulously researched, brilliantly argued and thoroughly persuasive It moves the debate over sex differences to a new level of sophistication It moves the debate over sex differences to a new level of sophistication. The Sexual Paradox The Sexual Paradox is a book by Susan Pinker published by Scribner in Pinker is a psychologist and columnist for The Globe and Mail The Sexual Paradox was winner of the American Psychological Association s annual William James Book Award, a New York Times Editor s Choice, and one of the Best Books reviewed by the Evening Standard. The Sexual Paradox Extreme Men, Gifted Women and the Real The Sexual Paradox examines the differences between men and women in the workplace It discusses the varied characteristics that either gender may have, that then may determine how successful that individual is in their career Although this book was published in , some of the points are still very valid and entirely thought provoking. The Sexual Paradox Men, Women and the Real Gender Gap by Sexual Paradox Men, Women and the Real Gender Gap, Paperback by Pinker, Susan, ISBN , ISBN , Brand New, Free shipping in the US A controversial examination of how learning and behavioral gaps between school aged boys and girls are reversed in the workplace challenges popular beliefs that men and women are biologically equivalent, arguing that key gender

  • Title: The Sexual Paradox: Extreme Men, Gifted Women and the Real Gender Gap
  • Author: Susan Pinker
  • ISBN: 9780679314158
  • Page: 264
  • Format: Hardcover
  • After four decades of eradicating gender barriers at work and in public life, why do men still dominate business, politics and the most highly paid jobs Why do high achieving women opt out of successful careers Psychologist Susan Pinker explores the illuminating answers to these questions in her groundbreaking first book.In The Sexual Paradox, Susan Pinker takes a hard lAfter four decades of eradicating gender barriers at work and in public life, why do men still dominate business, politics and the most highly paid jobs Why do high achieving women opt out of successful careers Psychologist Susan Pinker explores the illuminating answers to these questions in her groundbreaking first book.In The Sexual Paradox, Susan Pinker takes a hard look at how fundamental sex differences continue to play out in the workplace By comparing the lives of fragile boys and promising girls, Pinker turns several assumptions upside down that the sexes are biologically equivalent that smarts are all it takes to succeed that men and women have identical goals.If most children with problems are boys, then why do many of them as adults overcome early obstacles while rafts of competent, even gifted women choose jobs that pay less or decide to opt out at pivotal moments in their careers Weaving interviews with men and women into the most recent discoveries in psychology, neuroscience and economics, Pinker walks the reader through these minefields Are men the fragile sex Which sex is the happiest at work What does neuroscience tell us about ambition Why do some male school drop outs earn than the bright, motivated girls who sat beside them in third grade Pinker argues that men and women are not clones, and that gender discrimination is just one part of the persistent gender gap A work world that is satisfying to us all will recognize sex differences, not ignore them or insist that we all be the same.
    The Sexual Paradox Extreme Men Gifted Women and the Real Gender Gap After four decades of eradicating gender barriers at work and in public life why do men still dominate business politics and the most highly paid jobs Why do high achieving women opt out of successf

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    1. Susan Pinker s book discusses a common problem in our society the gender gap Men have ruled the world for far too long Women are now regaining their rightful place alongside men as leaders both in the office and outside the office People are being trained on how to encourage women to enter the male dominated fields such as Science, Techology, and Mathematics Women want the prestige, the paycheck, and the corner office Why aren t they flocking to these fields then Susan Pinker s theory is that wh [...]

    2. Although I am not a fan of difference biology about the sexes, this book makes some interesting statements about how comparing the careers of women and men is largely like comparing apples and oranges Susan Pinker submits, with a great deal of socio biological research, that new standards for our workplaces must take into consideration the different needs ambitions of female workers Considering the needs of men standard is fallacious, and is only continuing the disinterest of women in top earnin [...]

    3. Highly interesting, well researched, surprisingly evenhanded argument that the vanilla male model of human behavior doesn t work women aren t just a variant on a standard male, and many of the persistent differences in employment, interests, and outlook come from inherent and not bad or unfortunate differences in how men and women are physically put together brain studies figure prominently and emotionally wired so do psychological tests of empanthy, aggression, competitiveness, etc She uses ext [...]

    4. I just don t need to read another argument about how, really, there is no sexual discrimination I think there have been enough studies to demonstrate that everything else being equal women are considered inferior job candidates, are offered lower salaries and fewer promotions Are there men who suffer greater disadvantages than some women Absolutely And here s an uncanny coincidence they also hail from traditionally disadvantaged groups the poor, Blacks, Latinos, Native Americans Honestly, I m ti [...]

    5. Should be read by any women interested in work and the career spectrum The book looks at the differences between men and women in the world of work, and why some characteristics of either sex make for success or failure This book can be very scientific, but it s quite interesting, and not particularly long.

    6. I was absolutely riveted from the beginning But then I am fascinated with any research about the brain it is such a marvelous and complex thing.

    7. This is a really valuable book, and one that I related to immensely I m one of those stereotypical career girls Straight out of high school, I started a double bachelors degree in accounting and sociology, and fast tracked it by doing summer school three years in a row Seven months before I finished I secured a job with a Big 4 accounting firm Six years of crazy hours and a secondment to the UK, and I quit to take up a job with a major university in my city Ten months later, and I m about to app [...]

    8. I like that Susan Pinker brings forward the idea that the real gender gap is biological than social and cultural She states that women today have every advantage and opportunity to succeed in a man s world than our grandmothers and great grandmothers She also states that women are unfairly compared to the vanilla gender assumption that women want what men want and they must work to male standards in a male dominated world She asks is it really fair to compare women to this standard when they ar [...]

    9. I loved this book Pinker gathers examples of what she calls extreme men in order to highlight some of the many differences between men and women The main point of this book, I think, is to highlight the different choices that very highly talented or gifted people make with their lives and careers I highly recommend it to my clients who are parents of smart and gifted kids to help them understand a common trajectory of gifted girls and women compared to gifted boys and men Pinker s use of case st [...]

    10. Girls do better than boys at school, girls graduate high school and college Yet despite this, there are few top leaders that are women or earn the top dollars This book analyses why One reason is that although men and women, on average, are equally intelligent, the male variety is extreme There are imbeciles and geniuses among men than among women Another reason is that there are biologically wired gender differences which causes women to choose differently Having the same qualifications and [...]

    11. This book topples a lot of others that deal with the working mother question by studying biology, brain chemistry, and what men and women typically say they want out of their careers and lives It looks at the question from a completely different perspective not through history, not through feminism, not through culture, but through science and facts It definitely changed my mind on a lot of issues I still believe women should work while raising families, but this book has shifted a lot of blame [...]

    12. A very interesting look at an old subject in a new way I thinks its about time someone ventured into the biological differences between the sexes, without worrying about upsetting the battle axe feminists who still cling to the all men are evil oppressors mantra Whether or not one agrees with the points raised in this book is another matter But like it or not, I think its an important book to read, in order to enable a healthy discussion about our physiology and how it influences our life decisi [...]

    13. Overall, a really thought provoking book It lays out the inherant biological differences between men and women, breaking conventional wisdom i.e contemporary political correctness that all men and women should want the same things in life and illustrates the drastically different responses that men and women have when presented with the EXACT same opportunities.Also, after reading this book, I am convinced that I have Aspberger syndrome

    14. Introduction Female Puppets and Eunuchsp.2 As in Higgins song, I started to wonder about myself, my female colleagues and other women I knew, Why do they do everything their mothers do Why don t they grow up like their fathers instead I d had every opportunity In 1973, at the age of sixteen, I worked for my father In those years he was a garment manufacturer s agent and for two summer months we companionably drove around rural Qu bec in his wood paneled station wagon, the back loaded with a doze [...]

    15. Author Susan Pinker Somehow her title as doctor is missing from the book jacket combines the latest neuroscience with some in depth analysis of selected high performing men all with Asperger s and an equal number of high performing women, none having any medically diagnosed developmental issues Both groups in her sample at best a sample of convenience achieved top positions in their chosen fields The men had either no desire or perhaps no choice but to stay at that level, the women were all will [...]

    16. A well researched and supported examination of an important issue which many seem aware of but, all considered, most people are quite wrong about Not long ago I would have thought the ideas presented in this book to be completely against what I thought to be true I so often hear about how culture and the patriarchy shape women s roles that I would have considered anyone thinking otherwise to be a backwards sexist dinosaur from time gone by It turns out the truth is nuanced.Yes, society influenc [...]

    17. The Sexual Paradox examines the differences between men and women in the workplace It discusses the varied characteristics that either gender may have, that then may determine how successful that individual is in their career.Although this book was published in 2008, some of the points are still very valid and entirely thought provoking.This book gives a sort of breakdown as to why women are not taking the same career choices as men and why many women don t take up key roles in physics or comput [...]

    18. To say up front, I did not get very far into the book Frankly I got tired of having to read through 5 pages for a single piece of information that caught my attention I found myself wondering off mentally and not actually reading the book, just sounding the words out in my mind I also did not find the book to be very well organized, it just kind of wondered around the topic every once in a while stumbling on an interesting piece of information I also did not like the message that was coming acro [...]

    19. I loved this book It s a thought provoking examination of the reasons why there aren t many women in key disciplines engineering, physics, computer science, etc The author s thesis is testing the implicit assumption that men and women, given the same opportunities and being equally capable, should choose the same career paths The fact that they don t and the possible reasons why are explored in this book I know that some readers have criticized this book because the discussion is kept somewhat h [...]

    20. Picked the book up one evening at about 11pm, and didn t put it down until I finished it the next day I was in a gender studies course, and was troubled by the nature of the course content Every reading and class was filled with overtly moralistic armchair philosophising After reading Pinker s book, I started asking some simple questions in class a process that led to unravelling the politics and ivory towers of academic feminism My faith in feminism was shattered By asking questions, it became [...]

    21. Content wise, I thought this book was great I ve personally spent 20 years feeling bad because I felt like I haven t been living up to my potential in my professional life This book has given me a different perspective as it turns out, I was just ahead of my time Pinker s point is that men and women are not alike, and they often do not want the same things out of life or work According to her, we should stop thinking of women in the workplace as slightly different versions of men She offers sugg [...]

    22. I only read parts of this book, focusing on the bits about successful women in male dominant professions who chose to have their careers plateau This book offered a very refreshing perspective and emphasized several points that few will disagree with that feminism was never meant to structure women s working lives according to men s, and the goal ultimately should be to empower women to make their own choices, whatever they may be Although I agree that women face far fewer barriers now than they [...]

    23. This is a must read for any woman who has wondered about how she, her values, her skills, and her mind set, fits into what is still or less a male dominated working world It is a good book for anyone female or male who wonders how to attract and retain women in the workforce Susan Pinker, a psychologist and a regular columnist in the Careers section of the Globe and Mail, writes about how learning and behavioural patterns between boys and girls evolves into success and happiness differences bet [...]

    24. As a woman who had nothing but support in studying math and then going on to study law later but who has now opted out to raise children, I greatly enjoyed reading a book that demonstrated how my study and work decisions are typical of 60 80 percent of females and understandable in light of average female strengths and preferences I find it extremely irritating how much of today s feminist movement ignores the fact that I want to choose to raise my own children without being branded a traitor to [...]

    25. I finally finished it This book took me much longer than average to get through Distractions were part of the reason, but I liked it so much that I wanted to absorb everything she was saying By combining hard data and real life examples, Pinker showed that men and women make different choices It s obvious in everyday life, but here was a breakdown of some reasons why women are not slowly making the same career choices as the opposite gender On a personal level, it reaffirmed my own desires to ha [...]

    26. Although this book was published in 2008, it is still well worth the time to read today As someone who came of age in the late 70 s early 80 s, I have often wondered why there are not women today in the higher levels of traditionally male fields This book pulls together brain research about the difference between the sexes and the trends in the last 30 years to explain why there are not equal numbers of men and women in all fields As an accounting field dropout, I now realize that I was part of [...]

    27. Really excellent book For a non fiction, this was probably one of the fastest reads, due to how compelling, interesting, and easy to read it was It held my interest the whole time and had a good mix of statistical analysis and anecdotal information from interviews and stories She did a great job bringing relevant observations and conclusions to the topic of biological sex differences, and a lot of the information felt relevant to everyday life Highly recommended

    28. Pinker writes, But a society truly committed to redressing pay gaps between the sexes would value and pay as much for skillful teaching and nursing as it does for great plumbing and condo repairs 263 Pay us for what we want to do and find rewarding, not for what you think we ough to want or do Amen And pay us equally.

    29. The sub title says it all The author is a child psychologist and wonders why 80% of her practice was male, but also why women, who now have no disadvantaged entry to good education, still are not in the top positions in the numbers expected by their educational level A good way to get a summary of recent research.

    30. This book has a lot of interesting facts but sometimes it s not clear what the author is trying to get at Sometimes I had the impression that she was leaning towards the opposite direction of another point made previously.

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