Review by Choice Review
Readers interested in the psychology of women and gender roles should greet this new title with enthusiasm. The neophyte will find it interesting and a reasonably good introduction to the scope of the field; those readers with more extensive backgrounds should find it a useful clarification of emerging issues and a promising springboard for further elaborations. From the voluminous and constantly expanding literature on the psychology of women, Walsh has identified 14 controversies-issues that have provoked clearly dichotomous perspectives. An acknowledged authority in this area, the editor deftly places each controversy in context and supplies a list of references (the vast majority published in the 1980s). The parsimonious introductions are then followed by two judiciously selected articles representing opposing viewpoints. The issues themselves range from the theoretical (e.g., Do women and men develop different modes of moral reasoning? Are women masochistic?) to the social (e.g., Do biological sex differences explain differential performance in mathematics? Are infants and young children negatively affected if their mothers work outside the home?). This book is enhanced by articles drawn from a variety of disciplinary perspectives (psychology, medicine, sociology, and psychiatry). Highly recommended for public and academic libraries alike.-B. Ayers-Nachamkin, Wilson College
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Review by Booklist Review
This fascinating volume presents pairs of essays that encapsulate opposing sides of the same issue. Pornography, for example, is demonstrated in one article to be harmful to women; a second article, however, points out that in the countries where pornography laws have been lifted, there has been no resulting increase in sexual crimes against women. Similarly, there are debates on the merits of estrogen therapy, feminism and being a parent, and mental illness and treatment, among other topics. All of the articles have the merit of showing contemporary thinking on the subject of women in society. They reflect, often unconsciously, the values of this particular time and place, and they show what tremendous caution must be exercised in accepting any blanket statement about a segment of the population. The book makes valuable reading not only for professionals in the field but also for women who are anxious to know how those who influence their lives may come to regard them. To be indexed. PM. 155.6'33 Women Psychology [OCLC] 87-6167
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