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The Mismeasure of Woman Why Women are Not the Better Sex, the Inferior Sex, or the Opposite Sex by Carol Tavris  Review/Summary

Writer: Carol Tavris
Publication Touchstone;
ISBN-10 0671797492
Language: English
Genre: Feminism
Best Sellers Rank: #1,161,819 in Books
Customer review 4.2/5
Publish Date: March 27, 1992

The quote "When 'man is the measure of all things,' woman is forever trying to measure up" suggests that society has traditionally viewed men as the norm and women as deviating from that norm. The author, Carol Tavris, argues in her book that this custom is pervasive in many fields, including the social sciences, medicine, law, and history. She argues that this perspective results in women being treated as abnormal, even though they are just as capable and worthy as men.

Tavris expands our understanding of normalcy by highlighting the similarities between men and women and showing that the real differences lie not in gender, but in power, resources, and life experiences. She argues that by viewing men as the standard and women as deviant, society has created an unfair and inaccurate view of gender differences.

The book has won the American Association for Applied and Preventive Psychology's Distinguished Media Contribution Award, suggesting that it has made a significant contribution to the field of psychology and its application to real-world issues. By challenging traditional views of gender and normalcy, Tavris's work has the potential to promote greater equality and understanding between men and women.