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Nature or nurture? Which can best explain the differences between male and female interactions—from the intensity of female friendships to the laws of sexual attraction? Bringing a fascinating new voice to the debates that affect relationships, parenting, and even workplace conflicts, pioneering neuropsychiatrist Louann Brizendine, M.D., delivers the latest findings about the physiology behind a womans mind. Explaining both the structure of the female brain as well as the intricate hormonal dance that unfolds throughout a lifetime, Dr. Brizendine distills essential truths and dismisses harmful myths. Brimming with eye-opening facts, The Female Brain presents a remarkable tour of the innate distinctions between male and female impulses.

The female brain is programmed to be communicative; with that in mind, we hope the topics and questions that follow will enrich your reading groups discussion of The Female Brain.

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Claire Weigand, November 9, 2011 (view all comments by Claire Weigand)
Brizendine's science is worthless. She misquotes and misinterprets studies.
Her unscientific "findings" are sexist, supporting status quo stereotypes about the sexes and gendered behavior.

To read a sound critique of her weak science, look at Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society and Neurosexism Create Difference by Cordelia Fine (Powell's has it in stock). It specifically pulls apart the errors and misquotes in Brizendine's book and pokes holes in the false ideas of male and female brains being biologically different (Shaped by cultural beliefs and expectations about gender, yes, but not biologically different. Our beliefs about gender difference creates gender difference; it isn't hardwired.).
"Drawing on the latest research in neuroscience and psychology, Cordelia Fine debunks the myth of hardwired differences between men’s and women’s brains, unraveling the evidence behind such claims as men’s brains aren’t wired for empathy and women’s brains aren’t made to fix cars. She then goes one step further, offering a very different explanation of the dissimilarities between men’s and women’s behavior. Instead of a “male brain” and a “female brain,” Fine gives us a glimpse of plastic, mutable minds that are continuously influenced by cultural assumptions about gender."

Look at Brizendine's work. She founded a Teen Girl's Hormone and Mood and Hormone Clinic. She profits from a belief that women are hormonally moody and emotional, a conclusion her book makes. She espouses that view even if that is contradicted by methodologically sound science.
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elisawelch22, November 19, 2008 (view all comments by elisawelch22)
• I was a bit puzzled by the synopsis and review of the Female Brain by Louann Brizenden. I learnt that

• A woman uses about 20,000 words per day while a man uses about 7,000
• A woman remembers fights that a man insists never happened
• A teen girl is so obsessed with her looks and talking on the phone
• Thoughts about sex enter a woman's brain once every couple of days but enter a man's brain about once every minute

Although I believe that there are differences between the female and male’s brain, do they have to be so cliché ??
For example as a teenager, I wasn’t really interested in my looks (hated shopping anyway). And never got near a phone.
In my late teens and later, I was very much droned to men and thought of sex several times a day (enjoyed it several times a day too).
My husband speaks 3 times as much as me and complains about my lack of communication.
Shall I go on?? Does this make me a man?? Husband and friends have never complained about that.
A question comes to mind “ where does she get her statistics from ? what samples of the population? From which countries??
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Brizendine, Louann
Broadway Books
Brizendine, Louann MD
Louann Brizendine, MD
Women's Studies - General
Brain -- Physiology.
General science
Psychology-Mind and Consciousness
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Although initially turned off by the title, The Female Brain was one the most revealing gender studies I have ever read. More a case for feminism than a case for gender superiority, Brizendine explores the physiological reasons behind the differences in men's and women's communication styles and in the way they process information. Anecdotal in some parts and scientific in others, The Female Brain is a fascinating read throughout.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This comprehensive new look at the hormonal roller coaster that rules women's lives down to the cellular level, 'a user's guide to new research about the female brain and the neurobehavioral systems that make us women,' offers a trove of information, as well as some stunning insights. Though referenced like a work of research, Brizedine's writing style is fully accessible. Brizendine provides a fascinating look at the life cycle of the female brain from birth ('baby girls will connect emotionally in ways that baby boys don't') to birthing ('Motherhood changes you because it literally alters a woman's brain-structurally, functionally, and in many ways, irreversibly') to menopause (when 'the female brain is nowhere near ready to retire') and beyond. At the same time, Brizedine is not above reviewing the basics: 'We may think we're a lot more sophisticated than Fred or Wilma Flintstone, but our basic mental outlook and equipment are the same.' While this book will be of interest to anyone who wonders why men and women are so different, it will be particularly useful for women and parents of girls." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Brizendine brazenly promotes politically incorrect concepts."
"Review" by , "Finally, a satisfying answer to Freud's question, 'What does a woman want?' Louann Brizendine has done a great favor for every man who wants to understand the puzzling women in his life. A breezy and enlightening guide to women — and a must-read for men."
"Review" by , "Sassy, witty, reassuring, and great fun. All women — and the men who love them — should read this book."
"Review" by , "An eye-opening account of the biological foundations of human behavior. Destined to become a classic in the field of gender studies."
"Synopsis" by , Brizendine established the first clinic in the country to study and treat womens brain functions. This revolutionary book combines two decades of her work and the latest information from the scientific community to provide a truly comprehensive look at the way womens minds work.
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