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The First Sex: The Natural Talents of Women and How They Are Changing the Worldby Helen E. Fisher
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As the millennium begins, the world is changing in ways that favor women's special gifts — their cooperative spirit, patience, intuitive intelligence, their gift for "web" thinking. And as millions of female baby boomers achieve the biological liberation of menopause, women will begin to wield unprecedented social and economic power.<P>Fisher pictures what life will be like when women fully express their gender differences and work with men to solve the problems of an epoch more complex than any that humanity has yet experienced. In business, women will control vast sums of money and sway political leaders. In civil society, women's compassionate thinking will help eliminate societal and environmental ills. In medicine, law, education, and communications, women's emphasis on the whole rather than the parts will radically alter strategies and goals. And in sexuality, love, and marriage, women will redefine family and romantic attachments, expressing themselves in a variety of bold, creative ways, from early adolescence to old age.<P>Whether you are a man or a woman, however well you think you know yourself, this visionary book will make you understand yourself better and see yourself as part of a revolution that, amazingly, has already begun.
Declaring that women are now "the first sex, " a noted anthropologist argues that women's cooperative spirit, patience, superior verbal ability, and gift for "web thinking" make them perfectly suited to help solve the increasingly complex problems our society faces.
"Tomorrow belongs to women," notes celebrated anthropologist Helen Fisher. In her explosive new book, The First Sex, she illustrates this enticing assertion. Drawing on original research, Fisher reveals how women and their natural talents are changing the world, making them ideal leaders and successful shapers of business and society--today and on into the twenty-first century.
Looking back to prehistoric times, Fisher shows how the special structure of the female brain enables women to do "web thinking" or "synthesis thinking," as compared to men's more linear or "step" thinking. With lively anecdotes and fascinating stories, Fisher reveals how women's special talents--superior verbal abilities, people savvy, acute senses, healing techniques, and more--are geared to success in today's worlds of medicine, education, communications, law, philanthropy, and government. Changes in society--the growth of the communications economy and new trends in family--are also giving women an advantage: women's unique talents are especially needed in our modern age.
This eye-opening book will change the way you see yourself, your family, and the world around you, including every man and woman you meet.
In her persuasive new book, noted anthropologist Helen Fisher declares that women are now "the first sex." Their cooperative spirit, patience, superior verbal ability, and gift for "web thinking" make them perfectly suited to help solve the increasingly complex problems our society faces. In "The First Sex," Fisher shows how the female mind is positioned to have an unprecedented impact in:
-- business: Because of the architecture of their brains, women take the long-term view more regularly than men.
-- education: There will be an even greater need for women as teachers as the knowledge economy grows and expands.
-- law: Women, with their superb people skills, are ushering in a new arm of civil justice.
-- medicine: More patients are seeking hands-on curing by women experts who listen compassionately and supplement conventional medicine with preventive and alternative cures.
"Tomorrow belongs to women, " says Fisher. "The First Sex" will show you why.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -359) and index.
About the Author
Helen Fisher is an anthropologist at Rutgers University and the author of The Sex Contract: The Evolution of Human Behavior and Anatomy of Love: The Natural History of Monogamy, Adultery, and Divorce. For her books, articles, and radio appearances, Dr. Fisher received the American Anthropological Association's Distinguished Service Award in 1985.
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