I wasn’t sure what I would think about Pink Brain, Blue Brain because I wasn’t sure what the author’s take was going to be towards traditional male/female roles. I wasn’t sure if she was going to blast one sex over the other, which is what I so frequently see now (and find so heartily discouraging!). I was pleasantly eased into this book by her assurances that she was not going to come down hard on either gender. Rather, she says that it’s time to set aside petty squabbling over who is better than whom and focus on how we can close the gender gap by noting both the strengths and weakness of males and females and by better equipping each side to fulfill their purpose and role in life.
What does she mean by that? Well, Eliot presents plenty of scientific arguments and evidence to show the differences that exist between males and females. This is, pardon the pun, a very brainy book. It is not for the faint of heart! She goes into much detail about the differences and uses charts and graphs to back herself up. (It hurt my brain a bit but it was fascinating to read about!) What she wants to do is to encourage parents, educators and society to help equip females from a young age to not be so afraid of math so that they can succeed in this area when they are older. She wants to teach young men how to be honorable, kind and sympathetic towards those weaker than themselves so that when they grow up they will be compassionate. Basically, she wants to meet each gender at its weakest point and teach it how to improve. This, she argues, will actually close the gap which exists between men and women and will make society more equal.
This really is a unique approach and a new argument to be making. I found it utterly fascinating and worth a good thought or two. I don’t necessarily agree with all of her arguments or her conclusions but I did find her presentation very interesting and if you are also one who has contemplated how to address the Battle of the Sexes for yourself, those you know, or perhaps your own children, you might be interested in reading Pink Brain, Blue Brain. It’s fact-based with solid evidence and, like I said, a completely fascinating read. Pull out your thinking cap when you sit down with this book and go to town!
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