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Sioux Falls Feminists endorse The Female Brain for taking a more
objective perspective on the differences between female and
male brains. They really do value things differently.

The Female Brain
By Louann Brizendine

The Female Brain (2006) - 279 pages
The Female Brain at Amazon.com

It's not as if we all start out with the same brain structure. They are different by nature. Think about this. What if the communication center is bigger in one brain than the other? What if the emotional memory center is bigger in one brain than the other? What if one brain develops a greater ability to read cues in people than another? In this case, you would have a person whose reality dictated that communication, connection, emotional sensitivity, and responsiveness were the primary values. This person would prize these qualities above all others and be baffled by another person with a brain that didn't grasp the importance of these qualities. In essence, you would have someone with a female brain.

Every brain begins as a female brain. It only becomes male eight weeks after conception, when excess testosterone shrinks the communication center, reducing the hearing cortex, and makes the part of the brain that processes sex twice as large.

Louann Brizendine, M.D., is a pioneering neuropsychiatrist who brings together the latest findings to show how the unique structure of the female brain determines how women think, what they value, how they communicate, and whom they'll love. Brizendine reveals the neurological explanation behind why:

  • A woman uses about 20,000 words per day, while a man uses about 7,000
  • A woman remembers fights that a man insists never happened
  • A teen girl is so obsessed with her looks and talking on the phone
  • Thoughts about sex enter a woman's brain once every couple of days but enter a man's brain about once every minute
  • A woman knows what people are feeling, while a man can't spot an emotion unless somebody cries or threatens them bodily harm
  • A woman over fifty is more likely to initiate divorce than a man

Women will come away from this book knowing that they have a lean, mean communicating machine. Men will develop a series case of brain envy.

Louann Brizendine, M.D., a neuropsychiatrist at the University of California, San Francisco, is the founder of the Women's and Teen Girls' Mood and Hormone Clinic. She was previously on faculty at the Harvard Medical School and is a graduate of the Yale University School of Medicine and the University of California, Berkeley, in neurobilology. She has written in professional texts and journals, and she lectures widely to the public and in the media on the female brain. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son.

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The Female Brain
By Louann Brizendine

Sioux Falls Feminists endorse The Female Brain for taking a more
objective perspective on the differences between female and
male brains. They really do value things differently.