Taking Sex Differences Seriously

by Steven E. Rhoads, Ph.D.

"Provocative, compelling, entertaining. Rhoads weaves together the findings of hundreds of new research studies with personal anecdotes in a lively refutation of 40 years of feminist cant."

The National Review

"An interesting book that combines reporting with hard-nosed thought about public policy and culture."

The Weekly Standard

Survey of the best books of 2004

"You're a wise man and it's a wise book."

Tucker Carlson

PBS' "Unfiltered"

"This is a great book. Feminists will hate it. Social engineers will detest it. But ordinary men and women will find it a breath of fresh air."

News Weekly


"Entertaining, Scholarly, Valuable."

The Denver Post

"Steven Rhoads has got balls….Particularly when it comes to the sexual revolution championed by feminism and the battle over gender roles in the family and, more particularly, in child-rearing, Rhoads aim at the androgyny project of feminism is withering. One could almost subtitle the book, ‘The Misogyny of Feminism's Androgyny Project.'"

Virginia Quarterly Review

"Marriage is good for men and women, and children fare better in a home with both a mother and a biological father. And marriage would be better yet, Rhoads concludes, if in the process of negotiating the roles and the rules of marriage, husbands and wives would take sex differences seriously. "

Academic Questions

"Taking Sex Differences Seriously is a pleasure to read. The book is well written, well researched, and makes a strong contribution to disseminating what we understand about sex differences. The combination of an accessible and engaging writing style and solid footing in the scientific literature makes the work a good undergraduate text or adjunct text, in addition to a fun read for anyone interested in learning more about why men and women differ."

David C. Geary, Ph.D.

Author of Male, Female: The Evolution of Human Sex Differences, Curators' Professor and the Thomas Jefferson Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences,University of Missouri.

"Scintillating and utterly persuasive. For several decades, gender ideologues have aggressively promoted the view that ‘gender is a social construction.' Rhoads marshals massive amounts of evidence showing why they are wrong."

Christina Hoff Sommers

Author of Who Stole Feminism? and The War Against Boys.

"The Empress of Androgyny has no clothes. Steven Rhoads provides a responsible, clear, exhaustive, and convincing description of human sex differences and what they mean for social policy and personal life. While members of the academy rush to consume "natural" foods and protect "nature" they simultaneously ignore and even avoid "human nature," especially in the sexual sphere where political intensity is greatest. Rhoads offers a generous-minded but hard-headed corrective to ideological fatuities and concernocrat assertions which have polluted the intellectual air. And his scholarship is as punctilious as his writing is efficient."

Lionel Tiger

Darwin Professor of Anthropology, Rutgers University

"Steven Rhoads has written an exceptionally brave book that uses a mountain of empirical evidence to show what each of us knows intuitively but are usually afraid to say out loud: that men and women are different, and that these differences are in important respects rooted in nature rather than being socially constructed. This book demonstrates in a host of ways how awareness of these differences will have important implications for social policy."

Francis Fukuyama

Author of The End of History and the Last Man and Our Posthuman Future

"Upon finishing Rhoads's work, many readers will discover that they have renewed respect for the nature of women, and, perhaps, unexpected esteem for the nature of men. Where Rhoads succeeds is through his presentation of all views and his relentless attempts to explain human behavior. He ignores nothing and shares with the reader many a citation which does not support his case."

Men's News Daily

"Can we get out of the mess that decades of "revolution" have left? Rhoads makes few policy prescriptions, and is not so simplistic as to claim that women would or should want to give up the broader opportunities they've gained. But he reiterates at several points that taking sex differences seriously, instead of dismissing them as an illusion or a tool of male oppression, is the key. That would mean, for instance, recognizing that men and women need each other, but in different ways; and that children need mothers and fathers, but need different things from them. It would mean regaining the ability to talk intelligently about what girls and boys, men and women, are like and what they seek in life. This book is a major contribution toward enabling us to do that."

The American Spectator

"Men and women are different: It should be blindingly obvious, but to many people—including those who influence social policy—it isn't. Professor Rhoads' case for ‘la difference' is comprehensive and persuasive."

Danielle Crittenden

Author of What Our Mothers Didn't Tell us: Why Happiness Eludes the Modern Woman."

"Rhoads has crafted a superb contribution to the social sciences. Meticulously researched and engagingly written, this book is recommended to anyone interested in the modern psychological findings on sex differences. Across multiple disciplines in the social sciences, this book meets an intense need for college courses dealing with the development of contrasting male-female behavioral proclivities. Yet, it does not read like a text."

David Lubinski

Professor of Psychology, Vanderbilt University

"The studies Rhoads summarizes show how far our official doctrine of gender neutrality is from the truth. Most were made by social psychologists attracted to feminism... who expected to discover that sex differences were little or nothing. They found otherwise, and they had the courage to say so.
"Rhoads does not accept the injunction of social science against judgments of value. He has no hesitation in stating, as the result of his research, that "women would be wise to realize" they have a sexual makeup that differs from men's. All women who doubt this finding would be wise to read Rhoads's fine book."

Harvey Mansfield, Jr.

The Weekly Standard