Free Kindle ♌ Woman: An Intimate Geography ⚔

This is an awesome book, loved learning all sorts of secrets about women ha ha Actually, this should be required reading for men and women There is a lot of good information presented in a fun and engaging way My only gripe was that the author heaps a ton of praise on old women, and basically dumps on old men as being useless I think older men and women have a lot to offer younger generations. This book taught me so much about what it means to be a woman from a physiological perspective Angier writes in a witty, conversational style not condescendingly, but in a way that keeps the reader willing to stick with her through some pretty hard core biological science stuff Just as importantly, she talks about the psychology of women and how we relate to our bodies and their sometimes mysterious ways Every woman should read this book and men who want to know about what makes women tick under their skins should, too. Free Kindle ♩ Woman: An Intimate Geography ⚖ With The Clarity, Insight, And Sheer Exuberance Of Language That Make Her One Of The New York Times S Premier Stylists, Pulitzer Prize Winner Natalie Angier Lifts The Veil Of Secrecy From That Most Enigmatic Of Evolutionary Masterpieces, The Female Body Angier Takes Readers On A Mesmerizing Tour Of Female Anatomy And Physiology That Explores Everything From Organs To Orgasm, And Delves Into Topics Such As Exercise, Menopause, And The Mysterious Properties Of Breast MilkA Self Proclaimed Scientific Fantasia Of Womanhood Woman Ultimately Challenges Widely Accepted Darwinian Based Gender Stereotypes Angier Shows How Cultural Biases Have Influenced Research In Evolutionary Psychology The Study Of The Biological Bases Of Behavior And Consequently Lead To Dubious Conclusions About Female Nature Such As The Idea That Women Are Innately Monogamous While Men Are Natural PhilanderersBut Angier Doesn T Just Point Fingers She Offers Optimistic Alternatives And Transcends Feminist Polemics With An Enlightened Subversiveness That Makes For A Joyful, Fresh Vision Of Womanhood Woman Is A Seminal Work That Will Endure As An Essential Read For Anyone Intersted In How Biology Affects Who We Are As Women, As Men, And As Human Beings When I first read this, I was enad with it so much so that I was about ready to drop my business major and start majoring in Women s Studies Luckily my dad stepped in on that one This book is great and is written with a witty tone to it that only a fellow woman could have It s frustrating to go through life being told how your body should act, by panels of men, no less I felt like I could related to this book because it was written by someone who not only cared enough to research its contents, but by someone who had a vested interest the topic. Best book I read in 2011, by a long shot Continues to resonate My dad gave this to me as a present in 2000 or 2001 and naturally I refused to read it An argument with a friend prompted me to look for an answer in one of its chapters, and I was riveted, started from the beginning and worked my way to the end, intrigued by subjects that had never held any interest at all for me, like menopause, and hormones, and ones I have never seen discussed with half the wit or dynamism, such as female aggression and monogamy I am not of a remotely scientific bent, but Angier is such an elegant prose stylist, and an imaginative and spunky thinker that I swear I fell in love with her over a discussion of mosquito sperm or some such The last two chapters, in which she stands evolutionary psychology on its head, pointing out its anti feminist tendencies to boot, wooed me all over again, and I think I would go to great lengths for this woman if I got the chance It is so refreshing also to read someone who takes her feminism for granted that is, of course she is a feminist, how could she not be I am so disgusted by the reluctance of many women I know to self identify this way, but this rant I will leave for another space, as I want only to heap praise and gratitude on Ms Angier I don t have the book with me right now, but I might try to do it justice in this forum when next I lay my hands on it. I could see giving this book 3 stars It really depends on what you re looking for I tried to use this book as a supplement to my anatomy physiology textbook Not a good idea I did not get to finish it, but since the organization of the book depends only a bit on linear reading, there is not too much lost by not getting to the conclusive chapter What Natalie Angier does well is pull together a lot of different perspectives of feminist or feminist sympathetic researchers into one volume that asks a lot of good questions about the androcentrism of most Western scientific writing about women and female bodies Thus, if you are a layperson with an abiding curiosity in Western biology and contemporary cultural meanings of female bodies and read it primarily for this reason, it provides a lot to consider However, Angier also interjects word play and innuendo very frequently, making it a difficult book to use for consultative purposes without lots of underlining Unfortunately, her interruptions and very clever references rarely provide greater depth to her material, which is based upon scientific research with some anthropological and personal speculation here and there Also, while Angier provides a good deal of her own speculation, she never gets around to questioning the heteronormativity and cisgender assumptions of scientific research This is particularly noticeable when she starts talking about individuals with intersex conditions and references such queer scientists as Anne Fausto Sterling Angier cherry picks the individuals who most support her specific arguments about how people with intersex conditions prove her points against clitoridectomy, are just like straight women except for anatomy, etc. An informative investigation into female physiology I know I sound like a dunce when I say this, but I ve never been into science Didn t do well in it at school and never found it particularly interesting This book has been on my to read list for a while I even bought a copy for a friend as a gift, at her request, years ago I finally got around to reading it It was a tough read for me in a couple of ways I had to overcome my distaste for science, I am opposed to testing on animals and I don t like reading about the results of those tests even if some were enlightening this may be partly why science turns me off , and then there s Angier s prose to deal with Sometimes it s poetic and fascinating but often than not, her writing style is just way over the top and even a bit silly Then again, maybe that s unfair she does do a good job making science accessible to non scientists When I could get passed the book s roadblocks, the work was really fascinating I learned a lot about women s biology from hormones to the uterus to breasts to the almighty clitoris to the sum of these parts I also love when she directly states her opinions Instead of hemming and hawing on the subject of female genital mutilation twice in my lifetime I ve heard people actually defend the practice , she condemns it Definitely a good read. This is such a great book I just reread it It is all about the biology of the female body, but it is funny, brilliant, totally accessible, and a little subversive Her first paragraph reads, This book is a celebration of the female body its anatomy, its chemistry, its evolution, and its laughter It is a personal book, my attempt to find a way to think about the biology of being female without falling into the sludge of biological determinism It is a book about things that we traditionally associate with the image of woman the womb, the egg, the breast the blood, the almighty clitoris and things that we don t movement, strength, aggression, and fury. I wanted to like this book Oh, how I wanted to And I will say, it was packed with interesting information I did learn a few things I shared any anecdote or theory my husband would listen to But, I finally got fed up with her writing style This writer cannot pass up any chance for wordplay, puns, double entendre, thesaurus izing, or clever euphemism Since I m such a word lover, you might think this was a good thing, but I couldn t get past it I found it annoying, stupid, distracting, flippant, and not funny sometimes all at the same time She takes several major female body parts a chapter at a time So, in the chapter on say, the uterus, you would think that she would use the word uterus a zillion times No She appears to be frightened to do so Instead, she uses every alternate word, every slang term, known to man or woman It got old It was confusing at times since I was sometimes not familiar with the slang terms not ashamed to admit that And it contributed to the overall tone of the book that was a little baffling Here she is having spent untold hours researching and writing a book on a topic she obviously thinks is fascinatingly important, yet at times she talked about it like she was a 14 year old boy in the locker room It s also interesting to me the kinds of questions she asked in order to write the book Her why did evolution do it this way approach wasn t my favorite, but I am certain I would have been able to hang with her on that if it hadn t been for her usage, as I discussed above I read about half of the book. Fascinating topic but I hate Natalie Angier s writing style the forced metaphors, the whimsical nouns, the strained adverbs I wish she d put down the thesaurus and just tell us what she s learned from her reporting.