Book Review On Tavriss The Mis Essay

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Carol Tavris’s The Mismeasure of Women offers the reader insight into the inequality and problems women face in society. I approached this book with the assumption that it would glorify women and belittle men. I figured that the author would blame all the problems women face on men. After completing the book I had a very different opinion. The author looked to society for the actual source of women’s inequality and never placed the blame on any one group of people. The book explains that although there are differences in the behavior of men and women in certain situations both types of behavior are equal and for the most part influenced by society. It is for that reason I recommend The Mismeasure of Women for both …show more content…
However both those conditions are now treated with drugs like diseases.
The author also explains some of the other stereotypes associated with women. These include the ideas that women are the caregivers and men are the warriors. Tavris stresses this point throughout the entire book. This is a stereotype against both men and women. Tavris counters these stereotypes by bringing in facts from scientific studies. It turns out that women and men are generally the same in these two areas if they have to be. It depends on other stimuli such as money, power, and prestige. These stereotypes cause men and women to act in certain ways, and suppress certain emotions in order to comply with societies idea of normal behavior. Tavris points out that women’s inequality has to do with inequality of power and money rather than gender.
Women are overlooked in medical studies according to Tavris. This occurs even when the medical study will mostly affect women. This further asserts the books point that men are the norm of society. The scientist’s assume that the treatments that benefit men will also benefit women. Of course the above paragraphs only represent a portion of the books arguments but they all support the authors general point. That point is that women need to overcome differences in power and opportunity rather than in gender to obtain inequality. That change can only be accomplished when all of society is involved, because these problems and

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