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Woman: An Intimate Geography

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Publisher Comments:

Natalie Angier's Woman enchanted readers and critics everywhere and marked an important shift in feminist consciousness. This self-proclaimed "scientific fantasia of womanhood" moves beyond the polemics of the '80's and '90's toward an enlightened subversiveness that "gives feminism a cheerful, evolutionary twist" (Katha Pollitt, The Nation).

Woman is a mesmerizing anatomy and physiology lesson that culminates in a fascinating revelation about the ways in which cultural biases have influenced research in evolutionary psychology (the study of the biological bases of behavior). In lively, elegant prose, Angier shows just how natural selection has been misused as a model for confirming gender stereotypes, such as the idea that women are innately monogamous while men are natural philanderers. In so doing, she has galvanized both scientific thought and feminist rhetoric, and deftly combined the two to ignite a new wave of feminism that scientists, feminists, and the media have aptly dubbed "liberation biology."

But Natalie Angier doesn't just point fingers, she offers optimistic alternatives, and Woman is a seminal work with universal appeal that "proposes revolutionary possibilities for both men and women" (Gloria Steinem). This is a book that will be read and discussed for many years to come, and that will endure as an essential read for anyone interested in how biology affects who we are — as women, as men, and as human beings.

Review:

"It's a book not just for women. With its massive data on the working biology of both sexes, skepticism of dominant theories about dominant males, and candor about the speculative quality of its own feminist hypotheses, it stands as a benchmark in male-female relations in the late 20th century." USA Today

Review:

"A treasure chest of did-you-knows...hits the bull's-eye every time." Newsweek

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"A tantalizing, witty journey through female biology, debunking many entrenched stereotypes and myths and a lot of questionable science." Salon

Review:

"Natalie Angier has that rare dual talent: a true passion for science combined with a poet's linguistic flair. In this lively dissection of womanhood, she places everything from estrogen to the politics of motherhood beneath her flawlessly focused microscope, offering innumerable tidbits both surprising and fascinating." People, Book of the Week

Review:

"Intimate and idiosyncratic...dismantles the misogynist mythologies once advanced as the scientific gospel of the female body...Angier's brilliant and witty fantasia will inspire women to believe in their powers." The Boston Globe

Review:

"Natalie Angier's dazzling new book calls upon biology and evolution to celebrate the female body. Its upbeat message. . . is supported by rigorous scientific underpinnings." The New York Times

Review:

"A tour de force, a wonderful, entertaining and informative book." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Angier's Woman is as good as it gets." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"If Our Bodies, Ourselves has become the bible of women's bodies, let Woman: An Intimate Geography be our Shakespeare." Peggy Orenstein, Elle

Review:

"The chief manifesto of the new 'femaleist' thinking." Time

Synopsis:

A new and updated edition of Natalie Angier's best-selling tour of the female body, published for its fifteen-year anniversary.

Synopsis:

National Book Award finalist

A New York Times notable book

"A tour de force, a womderful, entertaining and informative book." —Abraham Verghese, New York Times Book Review

After fifteen years in print, Woman remains an essential guide to everything from organs to orgasms and hormones to hysterectomies. With her characteristic clarity, insight, and sheer exuberance of language, bestselling author Natalie Angier cuts through the still prevalent myths and misinformation surrounding the female body, that most enigmatic of evolutionary masterpieces. Woman is a witty and assured narrative tour de force with a reliable grasp of science.

Updated throughout and with a new introduction bringing readers up to date on the latest science in evolutionary psychology and hormone replacement therapy, this new edition of Woman reinvigorates Angier’s joyful vision of womanhood.

Synopsis:

With clarity, insight, and panache, Natalie Angier explores that most enigmatic of evolutionary masterpieces, the female body. Incorporating new material on the latest science and changes in our understanding of evolutionary psychology, Angier guides readers through everything from organs to orgasm, hormones to hysterectomies.

In Woman, Angier shows how cultural biases have influenced evolutionary psychology and led to dubious conclusions about “female nature,” such as the idea that women are innately monogamous while men are philanderers. But she doesnt just point fingers; with enlightened subversiveness, she offers a joyful, fresh vision of womanhood. Woman is an essential read for anyone interested in how biology affects who we are—as women, as men, and as human beings.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [403]-419) and index.

About the Author

Natalie Angier writes about biology for the New York Times, where she has won a Pulitzer Prize and other awards. Her previous books, which have received wide acclaim, are The Beauty of the Beastly and Natural Obsessions. She lives with her family in Takoma Park, Maryland.

Table of Contents

Preface xvii

Introduction: Into the Light xxv

Unscrambling the Egg 1

It Begins with One Perfect Solar Cell

The Mosaic Imagination 19

Understanding the “Female” Chromosome

Default Line 40

Is the Female Body a Passive Construct?

The Well-Tempered Clavier 64

On the Evolution of the Clitoris

Suckers and Horns 93

The Prodigal Uterus

MASS HYSTERIA 124

Losing the Uterus

Circular Reasonings 138

The Story of the Breast

Holy Water 162

Breast Milk

A Gray and Yellow Basket 182

The Bounteous Ovary

Greasing the Wheels 199

A Brief History of Hormones

Venus in Furs 217

Estrogen and Desire

Mindful Menopause 232

Can We Live Without Estrogen?

Theres No Place Like Notoriety 241

Mothers, Grandmothers, and Other Great Dames

Wolf Whistles and Hyena Smiles 266

Testosterone and Women

Spiking the Punch 294

In Defense of Female Aggression

Cheap Meat 319

Learning to Make a Muscle

Labor of Love 336

The Chemistry of Human Bondage

Of Hoggamus and Hogwash 360

Putting Evolutionary Psychology on the Couch

A Skeptic in Paradise 397

A Call for Revolutionary Psychology

Appendix 411

References 446

Acknowledgments 463

Index 465

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pamjcam, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by pamjcam)
Angier makes learning about the sciences of the female body refreshing and exciting. As someone who doesnt have a science background, I was dreading the Science class I had to take. However Angier's book made motivated and more importantly helped me thoroughly, and colorfully understand the complexities of the female body.
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KJ, June 9, 2010 (view all comments by KJ)
I'm not really one for non-fiction but I really enjoyed this book. It offers great insight into our own biology and why things are the way they are. She presented it in a way that really made sense to me. I think it's a great read.
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nicole_wilson1, December 14, 2009 (view all comments by nicole_wilson1)
An incredible achievement. A must read for women. It allowed me to tap into my own unknown feminine wisdom and has given me the vocabulary, honor and inspiration to pass down that wisdom to my daughter.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385498418
Subtitle:
An Intimate Geography
Author:
Angier, Natalie
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Women's Health - General
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Human Physiology
Subject:
Sex differences
Subject:
Life Sciences - Human Anatomy & Physiology
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Women -- Psychology.
Subject:
Women's Health.
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Anatomy and Physiology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
145
Publication Date:
20140805
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 1 lb

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"Review" by , "It's a book not just for women. With its massive data on the working biology of both sexes, skepticism of dominant theories about dominant males, and candor about the speculative quality of its own feminist hypotheses, it stands as a benchmark in male-female relations in the late 20th century."
"Review" by , "A treasure chest of did-you-knows...hits the bull's-eye every time."
"Review" by , "A tantalizing, witty journey through female biology, debunking many entrenched stereotypes and myths and a lot of questionable science."
"Review" by , "Natalie Angier has that rare dual talent: a true passion for science combined with a poet's linguistic flair. In this lively dissection of womanhood, she places everything from estrogen to the politics of motherhood beneath her flawlessly focused microscope, offering innumerable tidbits both surprising and fascinating."
"Review" by , "Intimate and idiosyncratic...dismantles the misogynist mythologies once advanced as the scientific gospel of the female body...Angier's brilliant and witty fantasia will inspire women to believe in their powers."
"Review" by , "Natalie Angier's dazzling new book calls upon biology and evolution to celebrate the female body. Its upbeat message. . . is supported by rigorous scientific underpinnings."
"Review" by , "A tour de force, a wonderful, entertaining and informative book."
"Review" by , "Angier's Woman is as good as it gets."
"Review" by , "If Our Bodies, Ourselves has become the bible of women's bodies, let Woman: An Intimate Geography be our Shakespeare."
"Review" by , "The chief manifesto of the new 'femaleist' thinking."
"Synopsis" by , A new and updated edition of Natalie Angier's best-selling tour of the female body, published for its fifteen-year anniversary.
"Synopsis" by ,
National Book Award finalist

A New York Times notable book

"A tour de force, a womderful, entertaining and informative book." —Abraham Verghese, New York Times Book Review

After fifteen years in print, Woman remains an essential guide to everything from organs to orgasms and hormones to hysterectomies. With her characteristic clarity, insight, and sheer exuberance of language, bestselling author Natalie Angier cuts through the still prevalent myths and misinformation surrounding the female body, that most enigmatic of evolutionary masterpieces. Woman is a witty and assured narrative tour de force with a reliable grasp of science.

Updated throughout and with a new introduction bringing readers up to date on the latest science in evolutionary psychology and hormone replacement therapy, this new edition of Woman reinvigorates Angier’s joyful vision of womanhood.

"Synopsis" by ,
With clarity, insight, and panache, Natalie Angier explores that most enigmatic of evolutionary masterpieces, the female body. Incorporating new material on the latest science and changes in our understanding of evolutionary psychology, Angier guides readers through everything from organs to orgasm, hormones to hysterectomies.

In Woman, Angier shows how cultural biases have influenced evolutionary psychology and led to dubious conclusions about “female nature,” such as the idea that women are innately monogamous while men are philanderers. But she doesnt just point fingers; with enlightened subversiveness, she offers a joyful, fresh vision of womanhood. Woman is an essential read for anyone interested in how biology affects who we are—as women, as men, and as human beings.

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