Male, Female: The Evolution of Human Sex Differences
This book is out of print and no longer available for purchase. However, the Second Edition is available.
This book begins with an accessible discussion of how sexual selection operates in animal species such as birds and mammals through male-male competition and female choice of mates. The author then shows how these and related principles operate in primates and how they apparently operated in our hominid ancestors, as demonstrated by fossil records.
At the heart of the book is an extended examination of how sexual selection has influenced human behavior over the centuries and across cultures. Some of the topics covered include
- the preferred attributes of mates and investment in parenting
- the evolution and development of the human mind
- the sex differences between brain and cognition
- the differences in play patterns and social interactions of boys and girls
- the sex differences of men and women in contemporary Western culture (e.g., in rates of violence, mental disorders, academic abilities, and occupational interests and achievement).
The author carefully integrates the most relevant findings from several disciplines, including psychology, biology, evolutionary science, and anthropology and presents his theory in clear, accessible language. Readers will enjoy his lively examples and clear presentation of the many differences between men and women.