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Women After All: Sex, Evolution, and the End of Male Supremacy
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"A sparkling, thought-provoking account of sexual differences. Whether you're a man or a woman, you'll find his conclusions gripping."—Jared Diamond


There is a human genetic fluke that is surprisingly common, due to a change in a key pair of chromosomes. In the normal condition the two look the same, but in this disorder one is malformed and shrunken beyond recognition. The result is a shortened life span, higher mortality at all ages, an inability to reproduce, premature hair loss, and brain defects variously resulting in attention deficit, hyperactivity, conduct disorder, hypersexuality, and an enormous excess of both outward and self-directed aggression.


It is called maleness.


Melvin Konner traces the arc of evolution to explain the relationships between women and men. With patience and wit he explores the knotty question of whether men are necessary in the biological destiny of the human race. He draws on multiple, colorful examples from the natural world—such as the mating habits of the octopus, black widow, angler fish, and jacana—and argues that maleness in humans is hardly necessary to the survival of the species.


In characteristically humorous and engaging prose, Konner sheds light on our biologically different identities, while noting the poignant exceptions that challenge the male/female divide. We meet hunter-gatherers such as those in Botswana, whose culture gave women a prominent place, invented the working mother, and respected women's voices around the fire. Recent human history has upset this balance, as a dense world of war fostered extreme male dominance. But our species has been recovering over the past two centuries, and an unstoppable move toward equality is afoot. It will not be the end of men, but it will be the end of male supremacy and a better, wiser world for women and men alike.

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It is called maleness.

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"A sparkling, thought-provoking account of sexual differences. Whether you're a man or a woman, you'll find his conclusions gripping."—Jared Diamond

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It is called maleness.

Melvin Konner traces the arc of evolution to explain the relationships between women and men. With patience and wit he explores the knotty question of whether men are necessary in the biological destiny of the human race. He draws on multiple, colorful examples from the natural world—such as the mating habits of the octopus, black widow, angler fish, and jacana—and argues that maleness in humans is hardly necessary to the survival of the species.

In characteristically humorous and engaging prose, Konner sheds light on our biologically different identities, while noting the poignant exceptions that challenge the male/female divide. We meet hunter-gatherers such as those in Botswana, whose culture gave women a prominent place, invented the working mother, and respected women's voices around the fire. Recent human history has upset this balance, as a dense world of war fostered extreme male dominance. But our species has been recovering over the past two centuries, and an unstoppable move toward equality is afoot. It will not be the end of men, but it will be the end of male supremacy and a better, wiser world for women and men alike.

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      • source: Lisa Sanders, M.D., Associate Professor, Yale School of Medicine
      • content: Sweeping, ambitious and eminently readable. . . . A compelling and thought-provoking read for men and women alike.
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      • source: Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, & author of The Better Angels of Our Nature.
      • content: Engagingly written and persuasively argued, . . . shows how an acknowledgment of human nature combined with a long view of history can advance the human condition.
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      • source: Sarah Blaffer Hrdy, author of Mother Nature and Mothers and Others: The Evolutionary Origins of Mutual Understanding.
      • content: Astonishingly insightful. . . . A richly informed, up-to-the-minute and sensible exploration of a highly charged topic. It is the best available examination of how and why men and women differ and how twenty-first-century humans can use this knowledge to forge a better world.
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      • source: Sherry Turkle, Abby Rockefeller Mauze Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
      • content: A fluent, provocative, well-argued engagement with a lively mind.
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      • source: Barbara Kiser;Nature
      • content: Mines evolution and anthropology to probe gender identities in the light of biology, sexual conflict across species and more.
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      • source: David Barash;Wall Street Journal
      • content: Konner makes a powerful case for a provocative thesis . . . he ranges from evolutionary biology through ethology, neurobiology, embryology, anthropology and history, with digressions into economics and politics. Not many people could pull this off—but Dr. Konner does.
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        November 24, 2014
        Professor of anthropology Konner’s bold and new book (following The Evolution of Childhood: Relationships, Emotion, Mind) claims that “gender identity is at its core something biological,” and that there are psychological and behavioral differences between men and women that aren’t culturally constructed. Moreover, Konner writes that the world will be a better place when women are finally leading it. Specifically, women exhibit superiority in terms of efficiency, cooperation, reliability, and lower levels of violence. Konner begins by examining the varieties of gender in animal species, including black widow spiders, elephant seals, and baboons. Compiling findings from numerous studies, he uncovers fascinating patterns in the genders. He reviews human history from its beginnings and focuses on two traits associated with men—violence and sexuality—drawing out the interplay between biology and socialization. This leads to a disturbing section on slave labor and sexual violence against women, abruptly followed by a discussion of the role of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fields. Konner’s treatise is carefully referenced and clearly written throughout, but it’s the intricately constructed argument that gender identities are rooted in biology that treads new ground.

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