Non-Fiction Book Club

Image jacket cover Testosterone Rex    

Non-Fiction Book Club
Tuesday, October 24th
6:30pm - Discusstion
7:45pm - Unhosted Dinner, Location TBA
 
This book club has just passed the one year mark and to celebrate, we are going to begin our discussion a little earlier and then walk over to a nearby restaurant for dinner.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP so that we can determine how large a table we will need.

Many people believe that, at its core, biological sex is a fundamental, diverging force in human development. According to this overly familiar story, differences between the sexes are shaped by past evolutionary pressures--women are more cautious and parenting-focused, while men seek status to attract more mates. In each succeeding generation, sex hormones and male and female brains are thought to continue to reinforce these unbreachable distinctions, making for entrenched inequalities in modern society.

In Testosterone Rex, psychologist Cordelia Fine wittily explains why past and present sex roles are only serving suggestions for the future, revealing a much more dynamic situation through an entertaining and well-documented exploration of the latest research that draws on evolutionary science, psychology, neuroscience, endocrinology, and philosophy. She uses stories from daily life, scientific research, and common sense to break through the din of cultural assumptions. Testosterone, for instance, is not the potent hormonal essence of masculinity; the presumed, built-in preferences of each sex, from toys to financial risk taking, are turned on their heads.

Moving beyond the old "nature versus nurture" debates, Testosterone Rex disproves ingrained myths and calls for a more equal society based on both sexes' full, human potential.

Mark Polak is the facilitator of our new Non-Fiction Book Club.  He has been attending our fiction book clubs for several years and is an avid reader.  We welcome anyone who wishes to participate.  RSVPs are appreciated.  Call 310-318-0900 or email RSVP@pagesabookstore.com.  

 

Event date: 
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
904 Manhattan Ave.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Testosterone Rex: Myths of Sex, Science, and Society Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393082081
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 24th, 2017

Many people believe that, at its core, biological sex is a fundamental, diverging force in human development. According to this overly familiar story, differences between the sexes are shaped by past evolutionary pressures--women are more cautious and parenting-focused, while men seek status to attract more mates.