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The hidden intelligence of hormones and their role in empowering women to succeed sexually, reproductively, and socially.

Did you know women walk more, eat less, socialize more, meet more men, dance more, and flirt more when they're ovulating? Or that PMS may have evolved to get rid of boyfriends with unfit sperm? Behind the "fickle" differences in what women find sexy about men, or what they like to wear, there's a hidden adaptive intelligence that has been shaped over eons. Rather than making women irrational - as the conventional and irredeemably sexist wisdom goes - the female hormonal cycle has been exquisitely fine-tuned to give women the advantages they needed to succeed in our ancestral environments, and perhaps also today.

In this provocative and paradigm-shattering book, Martie Haselton, the world's leading researcher on sexuality and the ovulation cycle, takes a deep, revealing look at the biological processes that so profoundly influence our behavior, and sets forth a radical new understanding of women's bodies, minds, and sexual relationships, one that embraces hormonal cycles as adaptive solutions to genuine biological challenges.

At the core of Hasleton's new Darwinian feminism is her remarkable discovery that humans, like our animal cousins, possess a special phase of sexuality, called estrus, which comes with a host of physiological and behavioral changes. Combining the scientific rigor of a leading researcher with the wit and candor of a best friend, Haselton explains how hormonal intelligence works - both its strengths and its weaknesses - and how women can track and understand their desires, fears, perceptions, and fantasies across the twenty-eight-day cycle and over the course of their lives.

Rigorously researched, entertaining, and empowering, Hormonal offers women deep new insights into their bodies, brains, relationships, and affairs, allowing them to make better-informed choices about sex, marriage, friendship, contraception, and more. Above all, Hormonal is a clarion call to appreciate and embrace the genius of female biology.

©2018 Martie Haselton (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Being hormonal is adaptive

Humans, like other animals, are biological creatures and our behavior in any given situation is determined by our biology in combination with the situational factors. This is a fundamental fact, yet even today many seem to think that biology doesn't matter – that we are products exclusively of nurture. Some even get offended by the suggestion that hormones affect not only muscle mass and reproductive cycles but also our behavior. This book is an antidote to such nonsense!

Martie Haselton, a professor at UCLA working in the field she has dubbed evolutionary feminism, argues that hormones tune our behavior in adaptive ways. These “hormonal nudges” can cause a woman to find certain traits in a partner more or less attractive, or they can cause changes in mood. As professor Haselton carefully points out, this does not mean – as some news outlets seem to think – that people think with their genitals.

Men do feature in this book, and men do have hormonal cycles. For example, men have a higher concentration of testosterone in the morning. (This explains why certain why men can sometimes be more ‘edgy’ in the morning.). Nevertheless, focus in this book is on women and how the rather brutal hormonal cycles (or lack thereof) nudges behavior. Another under-researched area that features prominently in this book is menopause which is almost like a second puberty in terms of the biological quakes it involves.

This book is well written, funny, and informative. Professor Haselton is excellent at explaining what her research means for you and me while maintaining scientific rigor. The one thing I missed was an apparent response to the arguments put forth by Cordelia Fine in her book “Delusions of Gender” who convincingly argues that hormones play a minor role (although she never says that the effects are non-existent).

If you are the least bit interested in how hormones affect behavior, or if you are just interested in women then this book is an excellent choice.

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I Learned So Much!

I greatly appreciate this book, I now know so much more about myself. Thank you.

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  • Richelle
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  • 10-22-18

Good info

Not what I expected but still good info on the subject of estres. recommend it for women who wants to learn in more hormonal detail about the different life phases and what can affect it.