Unravelling age-old war of the sexes

Why Can't a Woman Be More Like a Man? The Evolution of Sex and Gender by Lewis Wolpert. Faber & Faber, €18.90. Reviewed by Sara Keating.

25th May, 2013
Hormone fluctuations in the womb determine many of the differences in the make-up of the male and female brains. Photo: Getty

Why Can't a Woman Be More Like a Man? The Evolution of Sex and Gender


The title of developmental biologist Lewis Wolpert's new book is drawn from George Bernard Shaw's popular screen musical, My Fair Lady. It cites Professor Henry Higgins, a prig, pedant and undeniable misogynist, who decries the vanity, illogical and sentimental emotionality of women in a lengthy oration that poses the question: "Why can't a woman be more like a man?"

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