The Sexual Paradox
Troubled Boys, Gifted Girls and the Real Difference Between the SexesSusan Pinker
1 January 2009
Published by Atlantic Books
Why do girls do increasingly well at school, yet men still dominate senior positions in adult life? In this provocative and original book, Susan Pinker examines how fundamental gender differences play out at school and at work.
In The Sexual Paradox, psychologist Susan Pinker explores the latest findings of the science of sex differences.Comparing the lives of promising schoolgirls who later opt out of successful careers with those of troubled schoolboys who go on to achieve highly in the workplace, she argues that our biology can shed important new light on the ‘gender gap’. Men and women are significantly different – we need to recognize these paradoxical differences, not punish them or legislate against them, if we are to make progress. The Sexual Paradox sheds important – and controversial – new light on a perennial debate.