Saturday, March 1, 2008

Check out my review in the Vancouver Sun!

My review of The Sexual Paradox: Extreme Men and Gifted Women by Susan Pinker was published in today's Vancouver Sun! Please feel free to check it out! The book cites biology as the reason for women's lack of success in the workplace. Let's just say... I respectfully disagreed.

I framed it around my experiences this week as a delegate to the UN's Commission on the Status of Women and included a quote from an interview that I did with THE Gloria Steinem. Here's an excerpt from the review:

Indeed, although she notes that men's career satisfaction is much lower than women's, she never suggests that men too should restructure their lives in order to achieve a better work/life balance or opt out of high-profile careers to spend more time with their children.

Aside from her mostly anecdotal accounts of women opting out of high-profile careers, it appears that there are, in fact, far more women still encountering the frustration of glass ceilings in these professions.

The real paradox is that a book like this, which reiterates tired generalizations about women and their biological capabilities, is being published now.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Much as you want to just write out of existence any biological differences between men and women, they do exist.

Your denial of that notwithstanding.

Like Tatiana Aryasova 'winning' the L.A. Marathon and 'holding off a group of men'in a 'battle of sexes race'.

Small detail that she was given a 20 minute head start...