Why Can’t a Woman be More Like a Man? The Evolution of Sex and Gender
by Lewis Wolpert (Faber, £14.99)
“Why can’t a woman be more like a man?”, whined Professor Higgins in the musical My Fair Lady. Perhaps he was asking the wrong question, Lewis Wolpert wittily proclaims in his new book. Shouldn’t it be, “Why can’t a man be more like a woman?” After all, men are “essentially biologically modified women”: we all start our embryonic lives as female, the default sex.
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