Author(s): Natalie Angier
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 mesmerising 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 milk. Woman ultimately challenges widely accepted Darwinian-based gender stereotypes. Angier shows how cultural biases have influenced research in evolutionary psychology and consequently led to dubious conclusions about 'female nature', such as the idea that women are innately monogamous while men are natural philanderers. This is a seminal work that will endure as an essential read for anyone interested in how biology affects who we are, as women, as men, and as human beings. Who knew, for example, that the clitoris - with 8,000 nerve fibers - packs double the pleasure of the penis; that the gene controlling cellular sensitivity to male androgens, ironically enough, resides on the X-chromosome; or that stress hormones like cortisol and corticosterone are the true precursors of friendship?