Warriors and Worriers: The Survival of the Sexes

Hardcover | January 21, 2014

byJoyce F. Benenson, Henry Markovits

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The question of exactly what sex differences exist and whether they have a biological foundation has been one of our culture's favorite enduring discussions. It should. After a baby is born, a parent's first concern is for its physical health. The next concern is its sex. Only in the mostmodern societies does sex not virtually guarantee the type of future life a new human being will have. Even in modern societies, one's sex usually plays a large role in the path a life follows. Scientists have published thousands of papers on the subject, with the general conclusion being that men and women are mostly the same, whatever differences exist have been socialized, and what differences exist have to do with women bearing children and men being physically stronger. In Warriorsand Worriers, psychologist Joyce Benenson presents a new theory of sex differences, based on thirty years of research with young children and primates around the world. Her innovative theory focuses on how men and women stay alive. Benenson draws on a fascinating array of studies and stories thatexplore the ways boys and men deter their enemies, while girls and women find assistants to aid them in coping with vulnerable children and elders. This produces two social worlds for each sex which sets humans apart from most other primate species. Human males form cooperative groups that competeagainst out-groups, while human females exclude other females in their quest to find mates, female family members to invest in their children, and keep their own hearts ticking. In the process, Benenson turns upside down the familiar wisdom that women are more sociable than men and that men are morecompetitive than women.

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The question of exactly what sex differences exist and whether they have a biological foundation has been one of our culture's favorite enduring discussions. It should. After a baby is born, a parent's first concern is for its physical health. The next concern is its sex. Only in the mostmodern societies does sex not virtually guarante...

Joyce F. Benenson is Professor of Psychology at Emmanuel College. Henry Markovits is Professor of Psychology at the University of Quebec.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:200 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:January 21, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Introduction: What is the Difference Between a Boy and a Girl?Part I Warriors2. Enemy Fighting: A Man's Basic Instinct3. Male Friends: Recruiting a Fighting Force4. Organizing the Military: Groups of Egalitarian MenPart II Worriers5. Protecting Herself: A Woman's Basic Instinct6. Female Friends: Smile, then Eliminate the Competition7. Organizing her Family: The Vulnerable and the AssistantsEpilogue