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

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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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