5 Minutes for Books: Pink Brain, Blue Brain

by Jennifer Donovan

We have been posting multiple book giveaways each week on 5 Minutes for Books with more to come. Check out our giveaway for the Vaccine Answer Book and all of our current giveaways.

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!

Want to win a copy? If you are a U.S. Resident, leave a comment below for a chance to win! Go on – stretch that brain a bit! We’ll announce the winner in next Monday’s book column.

The winners of Pearl Girls are:
#11 Thena
#26 Brenda Rupp
#31 Michelle (@comcast)
#40 Pixie13

Carrie comes by her book obsession honestly, having descended from a long line of bibliophiles. She blogs about books regularly at Reading to Know and is a staff reviewer at 5 Minutes for Books.

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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 Miche September 21, 2009 at 1:03 am

This book sounds so interesting, thanks!!

2 Elizabeth Mahlou September 21, 2009 at 2:20 am

Some of it is brain difference (one area of specialty about which I write) and some of it is social expectation. We need to work on the latter as much as on the former!

3 Tawnda September 21, 2009 at 7:02 am

sounds very interesting… I’d like to hear her views before making up my mind on this one…

4 Jinii September 21, 2009 at 9:49 am

I would love to see what they have to say

5 Jessica Harwood September 21, 2009 at 9:50 am

I would love to be entered please! I think this sounds very intriguing – such a great thing to study, really, and in an open-minded sort of way (without the social stigmas associated with the sexes).

6 Marj M. September 21, 2009 at 11:48 am

In my opinion, there is a marked difference in the way the female and male brain works. Lay out 3 toys…a doll, a truck, and a puzzle for each child. In most cases the girl picks the doll and the boy picks the truck. Oops, 1 year old children I forgot to say. Boy am I going to catch it on this one.
So I would love to read this book.

7 Lori September 21, 2009 at 2:18 pm

I’d love to check this out, as I have 2 daughters and 1 son! Thanks!

8 Ellen C. September 21, 2009 at 3:24 pm

I’d like to read this book. Thanks for the chance.

9 Hailey September 21, 2009 at 4:03 pm

I want to win!!

10 Rebecca September 21, 2009 at 4:15 pm

This looks like a really interesting read. I hope that I get the chance to read it! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

11 Neas Nuttiness September 21, 2009 at 5:19 pm

Thanks so much – please count me in.

12 cris September 21, 2009 at 6:14 pm

I’d hope that she’d address the issues of exposure to (american) media as well, which reinforces stereotypes. thanks for the giveaway!

13 Pat Connors September 21, 2009 at 6:52 pm

I was just discussing a similar topic recently. I would love to read up on this.

14 Nora SP September 21, 2009 at 7:17 pm

I love these type books looking at differences and similarities of both sexes.

15 Tonya September 21, 2009 at 7:57 pm

sounds cool, count me in please

16 Michael Capp September 21, 2009 at 9:51 pm

I’d love to win!

17 Val Pearson September 22, 2009 at 6:18 am

This looks like a very good read! Thanks for having the contest

18 HSB Suzanne (aka Anita) September 22, 2009 at 8:11 am

My little “pink brain” would love to read this book! :)

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19 Mary Casper September 22, 2009 at 9:51 am

always looking for something new and interesting to read

20 Linda Kish September 22, 2009 at 10:03 am

Sounds like an interesting book to read

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21 Heidi September 22, 2009 at 10:23 am

My Sister-in-law just found out they are having a girl! After having 2 boys, this sounds like a great book to help them understand girls a little better. :0)

22 Melissa N. September 22, 2009 at 12:05 pm

I’d love to read this book, and also give it to my sister – she’s got a boy and girl and she can’t seem to reason with either at the moment. *lol*

23 LaVonne September 22, 2009 at 12:07 pm

Thanks for the chance to win. Sounds like an interesting book.

24 jeccica simpson September 22, 2009 at 1:56 pm

Sounds very interestin!! Love to win it!

25 Krista September 22, 2009 at 6:55 pm

Sounds great! And a potential resource for a middle school teacher… :)

26 Staci A September 22, 2009 at 9:10 pm

This sounds like a very interesting read! Thanks for the chance.

27 Tammy September 22, 2009 at 11:10 pm

Sounds very interesting. I’m happy I found this blog, and will check back again.

28 Katie September 22, 2009 at 11:35 pm

For an elementary educator, this book sounds like a great resource! I’d love to win a copy!

29 Rebecca Reid September 22, 2009 at 11:42 pm

This sounds very interesting. I’d love to win it!

30 Angel B September 23, 2009 at 8:27 am

This kind of stuff really interests me, especially since I am a fourth grade math teacher and see the boy/girl difference in math and in reading. It really does exist!

31 Daniel M September 23, 2009 at 8:32 pm

looks like a cool one

32 tanya September 23, 2009 at 10:34 pm

We have a 2 year old son, so this book piques my interest.

33 edj September 24, 2009 at 4:17 am

Well, I’m already teaching my boys to be kind and honourable, and my girl as well, and encouraging them all to like math, even though I hate it myself. (Spotted on a tshirt: “I’m an English major–you do the math!”) But I’m still interested in the book. Why not?

34 Angela Winesburg September 24, 2009 at 12:39 pm

Sounds like a great read, thanks for the chance!

35 katie smith September 24, 2009 at 1:48 pm

This book so so interesting :) I read alot so I would love to win this!

36 Chelsea September 24, 2009 at 2:30 pm

I would love this one. I have one girl and one boy so I think this could help me out. Thanks!

37 Megret September 25, 2009 at 8:45 pm

Looks super interesting! Thanks for the chance to win.
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38 Tia September 25, 2009 at 9:59 pm

This book sounds fascinating and I would love to learn what else I can do to help my sons and daughter become the best they can.

39 Lucy Schwartz September 26, 2009 at 12:27 am

I think it is important to note the diffenences and the similarities. The problems this world has needs every single brain to help solve them. It is ridicilous to eleminate 1/2 of the population because of gender male or female.

40 Erma September 26, 2009 at 7:58 am

This book sounds very interesting.

41 Andria September 26, 2009 at 11:41 am

It sounds really good. I would love a chance to win. Thank you.

42 Kate September 26, 2009 at 5:45 pm

I read about this book in Newsweek I think! Thanks for the great contest I’d love to read it!!

43 shawna f September 26, 2009 at 9:23 pm

Love interesting books like this!

44 Gabriel J. September 26, 2009 at 9:36 pm

Please, enter me, great prize!!!

45 Gabriel J. September 26, 2009 at 9:37 pm

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46 dawn September 26, 2009 at 10:15 pm

Sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for the chance.

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47 Gianna September 27, 2009 at 12:45 am

Sounds like an interesting read.. Please enter me :)

48 Benita G . September 27, 2009 at 1:29 am

So much research is being done, and we are learning so much. I’d love to read this book.


49 Jessica September 27, 2009 at 1:41 am

This sounds really interesting, thanks for the chance!

50 Jen September 27, 2009 at 8:31 am

Count me in!

51 Susan Smith September 27, 2009 at 11:14 am

Sounds like a good book

52 Mollie G. September 27, 2009 at 12:12 pm

There IS a lot that we don’t know about the selection processes which reinforced different kinds of behaviors for different gender roles. Survival-of-the-fittest really only worked up to the point where human beings gained the dubious advantage of being able to adapt to changes in environments within weeks or months, instead of over hundreds of generations… So the headache now becomes how to recognize the underlying baggage we’re stuck with, the stuff that IS genetically “built-in” underneath, instead of being part of the “NEW” adaptability ‘kit’.

So yeah, I’d like to see some “current thinking” on this subject!! Thanks for the chance!

53 Lily Kwan September 27, 2009 at 12:53 pm

Please enter me into the contest. Thanks!

54 kathy pease September 27, 2009 at 1:20 pm

Thank you for the AWESOME GIVEAWAY.. Please count me in :)

55 Tim Hughes September 27, 2009 at 1:40 pm

This sounds like a really great book to read and enjoy.

56 kerri r September 27, 2009 at 3:21 pm

This book sounds really intersting thanks

57 Marcy Strahan September 27, 2009 at 5:49 pm

I would love to read this book!

Anything that helps me understand the kids better is a godsend!

58 Miranda Allen September 27, 2009 at 7:13 pm

I would love to be entered

59 Debbie Terry September 27, 2009 at 7:18 pm

Sounds facinating.

60 william foster September 27, 2009 at 8:45 pm

This book sounds really intersting thanks

61 Kim September 27, 2009 at 8:50 pm

I’d love this!

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