The Sexual Paradox: Men, Women and the Real Gender Gap takes a hard look at how fundamental sex differences play out in the workplace. By comparing fragile boys who later succeed, with high achieving women who opt out, Susan Pinker turns several assumptions upside down: that the sexes are biologically equivalent, that smarts are all it takes to succeed and that men and women have identical interests and goals. After decades of women’s educational coups and rising through the ranks, men still outnumber women in business, physical science, law, engineering and politics. In explaining this ratio, Pinker’s controversial stance is that discrimination plays just a bit part. If the majority of children with school and behavioral problems are boys, then why do so many overcome early obstacles, while rafts of high achieving women choose jobs that pay less or opt out at pivotal moments in their careers?
A provocative examination of how and why learning and behavioral gaps in the nursery are reversed in the boardroom, The Sexual Paradox: Men, Women and the Real Gender Gap reveals how sex differences influence ambition and success. Through real men’s and women’s stories, combined with research evidence and examples from popular culture, Susan Pinker examines how weaknesses can become strengths, and why early achievements do not automatically translate into standard career triumphs.
International Praise for The Sexual Paradox/ Prospect
“A fascinating and complex book, highly controversial.”
International Praise for The Sexual Paradox/ The Belfast Telegraph
“An eye-opening read.”
International Praise for The Sexual Paradox
“To my come-hither bedside stack, I added The Sexual Paradox: Men, Women, and the Real Gender Gap, by the Canadian psychologist Susan Pinker. Using the latest neurological and biological findings of brain-imaging and sex-hormone assays, Pinker adds scientific ballast to the anecdotal truisms that women are more consensus-minded and team-oriented, and are better at reading human visual cues, interpreting feelings, and maintaining relationships and relationship networks than men.” —Sandra Tsing Loh, The Atlantic
International Praise for The Sexual ParadoxMargot Franssen / Social activist and co-founder of The Body Shop Canada
“All these many years of running a business, I thought I was an anomaly. Susan Pinker’s work has grounded my intuitions in reality: a woman’s success is going to knock the spiritual stuffing right out of her if she tries to come at it from traditional angles. Instead she must invent a workplace that not only provides food for the table but gives social and emotional meaning to her life. Susan Pinker helps you understand that it’s not you that’s crazy, it’s the system.” ,
International Praise for The Sexual ParadoxSandra F. Witelson, Ph.D / Albert Einstein/Irving Zucker Chair in Neuroscience, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada
"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."
International Praise for The Sexual ParadoxProfessor Simon Baron-Cohen / Cambridge University. Author of The Essential Difference
"The Sexual Paradox highlights some central puzzles about exceptional men and women. Why did Einstein never complete his PhD? Or Cavendish, Faraday, Darwin, and Bill Gates never complete their degrees or even drop out of university? And why do high-flying business women not behave like their male counterparts? Susan Pinker's wide-ranging look at the nature of the sexes is a highly readable and welcome contribution to this perennial debate."
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“In this marvelous book, Susan Pinker presents a fascinating analysis of the ‘gender gap,’ introducing a continuous flow of exciting ideas and new insights into old problems and controversies.” —Ronald Melzack, E.P. Taylor Professor Emeritus in Psychology, McGill University
International Praise for The Sexual ParadoxSandra F. Witelson, PhD. / Albert Einstein/Irving Zucker Chair in Neuroscience, McMaster University
“The Sexual Paradox is a page turner—a fascinating account of sex differences.”
International Praise for The Sexual ParadoxChristina Hoff Sommers / Author of The War against Boys
“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.”
International Praise for The Sexual Paradox/ Kirkus
A valuable demonstration of how discounting biology during the last 40 years has done a disservice, especially to men.
International Praise for The Sexual Paradox/ Publishers Weekly
“Defying taboos, Pinker, a psychologist and columnist for the Globe and Mail, presents a compelling case for a biological explanation of why men and women make different career choices.”
International Praise for The Sexual Paradox/ Booklist
“Pinker’s meticulous and exhaustive statistical and academic research is enlivened by personal case histories and pop culture references that travel from the boardroom to the bedroom. Presented with flair, sensitivity, and determination, Pinker’s penetrating conclusions shed important new light on how gender differences affect every strata of contemporary existence.”
International Praise for The Sexual ParadoxChristien Brinkgreve / in Vrij Nederland
As a psychologist and journalist she has mastered both disciplines, presenting a beautiful combination of interesting stories and the current state of affairs in scientific research.
International Praise for The Sexual ParadoxCarien Overdijk / De Volkskrant
‘The Sexual Paradox simply is a very good read. Written in an easy, conversational style, it offers a scientifically well-founded panorama that alternates between case-studies and evidence, and the facts can be shocking.
International Praise for The Sexual ParadoxCora Stephan / Deutschlandradio Kultur
"The freedom of women is still worth discussing, as too many outsiders still think they know what is best for them. Susan Pinker’s 'The Sexual Paradox' is a plea to allow women to make their own choices."
International Praise for The Sexual Paradox/ Märkische Allgemeine
"Pinker’s book is interesting, cleverly structured, and enriched with catchy examples. It dominates the debate about gender differences and is the most rewarding reading there is about this subject at present. "
International Praise for The Sexual Paradox/ Der Spiegel
"The Sexual Paradox shakes the feminist movement to the core."
International Praise for The Sexual ParadoxBarbara Leitner / Deutschlandradio Kultur
"It’s brilliant. Taking a deep, calm breath Pinker moves the gender debate to a completely new level.”
International Praise for The Sexual ParadoxVernal Noel Jones / Rocky Mountain News
“The book sparkles when Pinker uses personal interviews to explore how her former patients have fared as adults and how their lives illustrate gender differences.”
International Praise for The Sexual Paradox/ The New York Post
“Illuminating…an amusing mix of anecdotes and science.”
International Praise for The Sexual Paradox/ The Financial Times
"At last common sense… This highly readable book on a familiar theme succeeds where other do not, with its potent combination of scientific research, interviews and astute observation. It is a large contribution to an important debate."
International Praise for The Sexual Paradox/ The New Statesman.
“This is a fascinating and complex book.”
International Praise for The Sexual Paradox/ The Daily Mail
“Intelligent, thoughtful and profoundly important. Pinker’s book should mark a watershed.”
International Praise for The Sexual ParadoxShane Watson / The London Times
“Susan Pinker is at the forefront of the attempt to establish what women really want and how they can achieve the right balance.”
International Praise for The Sexual Paradox/ National Post
“This isn’t a touchy-feely, ‘women are more emotional in the workplace’ kind of argument.”
International Praise for The Sexual ParadoxLiz Hoggard / The Scotsman
“This book contains some uncomfortable home truths, but it is also full of optimism.”
International Praise for The Sexual ParadoxCamilla Cavendish / The Times (London)
“To me, this book comes as a relief… The book is a powerful portrayal of men, too.”
International Praise for The Sexual Paradox/ The Economist
“The meat of the book is original…Pinker is surely right that understanding the causes of workplace gender gaps, rather than mulishly insisting sex differences do not exist, will ultimately be better for both women and men.”
International Praise for The Sexual ParadoxLouann Brizendine, M.D. / Author of The Female Brain
“Fascinating, insightful and deeply captivating. Every thinking man and woman should read this book.”
International Praise for The Sexual Paradox/ Washington Post
“Lively and well-written. . . . The main conclusion of The Sexual Paradox is important and timely: Our society must adapt to the different needs, talents and life cycles of women.”
International Praise for The Sexual ParadoxEmily Bazelon / The New York Times
“A ringing salvo in the sex difference wars…She has a good prescription for helping more of us be our best selves.”
A New York Times “Editor’s Choice” book
“Winner of the William James Book Award, American Psychological Association, 2009.”
“Recent and recommended” by The Globe and Mail
Chosen as one of the “Best Books” reviewed by the Evening Standard
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