It’s time for women to reject the “hormone myth” and own their emotions in a healthy and realistic way. This provocative book exposes pervasive myths about women’s hormones and shows how flawed, obsolete research and sexism have combined to keep women “in their place.”Although the idea that women become raving lunatics when their hormones fluctuate is firmly entrenched in American culture—images of hormone-crazed women are prominent on TV and in movies, books, and magazines—a thorough examination of the evidence overwhelmingly tells us otherwise. This book will confront the pervasive myth that women are at the mercy of their reproductive hormones, and illustrate how the perpetuation of this stereotype harms women.Scientific evidence shows that the majority of women do not experience major mental or physical symptoms linked to their hormones. Rather, much of women’s supposed “irrationality” can be attributed to environmental factors and the cultural and social realities of being a woman in the Western world.With a thorough exploration of women’s hormonal lives, from the initiation of menstruation through menopause, The Hormone Myth will help you reject the negative stereotype of the hormone-crazed woman and gain an appreciation for the natural changes that occur over time.
The Hormone Myth Review
- January 1, 1970Dolores BilgesEvery woman has experienced the frustration of having her concerns, feelings, emotions, and stress-related reactions dismissed and attributed to “that time of the month” or “that stage of life” as a way to delegitimize these experiences. In her book, The Hormone Myth, Dr. Robyn Stein Deluca illustrates the numerous ways the alleged issue of hormones has been used as a tool to subjugate woman and limit the amount of power and control they attain in society. As Deluca points out, the effect of the Every woman has experienced the frustration of having her concerns, feelings, emotions, and stress-related reactions dismissed and attributed to “that time of the month” or “that stage of life” as a way to delegitimize these experiences. In her book, The Hormone Myth, Dr. Robyn Stein Deluca illustrates the numerous ways the alleged issue of hormones has been used as a tool to subjugate woman and limit the amount of power and control they attain in society. As Deluca points out, the effect of the hormone myth begins early in the lives of most females when the myth is propagated by older females who, having heard it their entire lives, believe it to be true and pass that belief along to their daughters, continuing the cycle. Add to this the exploitation of the myth by media, whether it be numerous articles about menstruation, PMS, menopause, etc., irrational characters in television and film, or interviews with supposed “experts” in news programming, and it is easy to see how this myth has become so ingrained in our attitudes and thought processes regarding women. The Hormone Myth examines all of these influences, illustrating the role each plays in perpetuating the myth and the disservice done to women by forcing them to live under its shadow.Additionally, The Hormone Myth examines the less than reputable research that has reinforced the myth, then offers advice on how to evaluate information that is presented, and to analyze the impetus behind the research. Hint: follow the money!The Hormone Myth is written in clear, layman’s terms, and is a must read for every woman, whether you have bought into, or fought against, the myth influencing your life. It raises important issues that should be addressed and serves as an eye-opening expose into the negative effect the myth has not only on women throughout their lives, but also the effect on males in their relation to women. Through illustrations, examples, and an examination of the research, The Hormone Myth makes a compelling argument for putting this widely accepted myth to rest.more
- January 1, 1970BeckyThis is pretty good. It explains that we all have ideas about women's hormones that are not really true. Things like women's hormones can cause mental illness, pms is something that makes women irrational and they can't help it or that pregnancy should be treated as an illness. Lots of feelings and behavior are blamed on hormones. It explains what the function of hormones really is. It is an interesting book.more
- January 1, 1970TeraI recieved this book via a Goodreads contest. I found this both interesting as well as eye opening. I hadn't realized how much I had bought into a general mythos rather then relying on facts and research. Well written, informative and though provoking. A must read for all females and wouldn't hurt for the guys either.more
- January 1, 1970Nancie LaffertyI received this book as a Giveaway. Thank you. Stereotypes, junk science and gender politics are ever present and will never disappear. This book reviews many ideas that still prevail in our changing times and beg to be noticed, including the idea that a dose of "hormones" will "fix" everything.more
- January 1, 1970KellyWonderful! Eye-opening as far as how our current thoughts on PMS, childbirth and menopause are based on ancient, flawed research and how this affects women in society.
- January 1, 1970Spiro CondosFascinating. Opened my eyes to the reality of women's capabilities. A feminist book that should bring men and women closer together.
- January 1, 1970NatashaGreat book that shows how even the self aware women can still believe in these outdated notions and how this harms women everywehre
- January 1, 1970Beth EverettI was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of this excellent book! In clear accessible language Ms DeLuca exposes the ways women are kept down by the myths surrounding PMS, Pregnancy and Menopause. Excellent science coupled with interesting anecdotes makes for great reading. And check out the chapter in the appendix on how to spot junk science!more
- January 1, 1970AndréaNote: I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
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