Why Men Don’t Listen & Women Can’t Read Maps
By Allan and Barbara Pease
|Value for money||9/10|
|Did it do what it said on the box?||9/10|
A humourous but serious book which explains a lot
This is a humourous but serious book which explains a lot. If you’ve ever been puzzled by why a partner, friend or relation of the opposite sex just doesn’t seem to "get it", this is the book for you.
The authors, themselves a husband and wife team, explain how most behavioral differences between the sexes can be explained by biological differences between men and women’s brains. In turn, these derive directly from millions of years of evolution to best fit traditional roles: "lunch chaser" and "nest defender". Political correctness is powerless to overturn things which are wired into our brains.
However, this is not a reactionary book seeking some scientific justification for an old-fashioned, discriminatory, political or religious agenda. Instead, the authors look at the reality of life since the late 20th century. They establish an explanation of problems in male-female interaction which we can all relate to. Then, where it’s possible, they identify strategies which each sex can adopt to better communicate and interact with the other. Not only does the book explain the difference between male and female sex drives, but it suggests strategies for getting more!
It’s a very well-written book, laced throughout with humour, including some very funny cartoons and quotations. Assertions about the differences between male and female brains are backed up by clear, modern scientific evidence, and several tests for the reader to try themselves. Once or twice I found the book a bit repetitive, especially in the section explaining gay behaviour, but I still read it from cover to cover in a few hours.
Everyone should read this book, but especially those who think that political correctness can wipe out the reality of who we are and how we think.