The hormone myth How junk science, gender politics & lies about PMS keep women down

Robyn Stein DeLuca

Book - 2017

"It's time for women to reject the "hormone myth" and own their emotions in a healthy and realistic way. This provocative book exposes pervasive myths about women's hormones and shows how flawed, obsolete research and sexism have combined to keep women "in their place." The idea that women become raving lunatics when their hormones fluctuate is firmly entrenched in American culture--images of hormone-crazed women are prominent on TV and in movies, books, and ma...gazines--but a thorough examination of the evidence overwhelmingly tells us otherwise. This book will confront the pervasive myth that women are at the mercy of their reproductive hormones, and illustrate how the perpetuation of this stereotype harms women. Scientific evidence shows that the majority of women do not experience major mental disorders linked to their hormones. Rather, a woman's mood changes can be attributed to many of the same environmental factors responsible for mood changes in men. With a thorough exploration of women's hormonal lives, from the initiation of menstruation through menopause,The Hormone Myth will help you reject the negative stereotype of the hormone-crazed woman and gain an appreciation for women's high functioning and potential across their lifetime"--

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Published
Oakland, CA : New Harbinger Publications, Inc [2017]
Language
English
Physical Description
230 pages ; 23 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN
9781626255098
1626255091
Main Author
Robyn Stein DeLuca (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Do hormones make women go a little crazy right before their menstrual period? Not really. In this debunking of the mental disorder aspect of PMS, DeLuca, who holds a PhD in social and health psychology, elaborates on the points she makes in her widely viewed TED Talk, "The Good News about PMS." As she notes in her introduction, "the hormone myth encourages stereotypes of women as irrational, which dismisses and discounts us." It can also lead to "excessive, expensive and sometimes harmful ‘cures.'" DeLuca raises thought-provoking questions about how doctors and pharmaceutical companies profit from perhaps ineffective products targeting hormonal fluctuations. She points out that tampons and pads are designed and advertised to maintain secrecy, implying that menstruation is shameful. She refers to unfortunate stereotypes, such as "women as witches," and shares stinging pop-culture PMS references. Written in a conversational tone and full of helpful information about hormones (including appended primers on what each of them is and how to spot junk science), DeLuca's guide is uplifting and empowering. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Looks at the commonly held idea of women as being driven to unhinged rampages by their hormones during menopause and menstrual cycles, demonstrating that these stereotypes are myths and exploring how their perpetuation has impacted women.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Exposing the pervasive myths about women’s hormones, a thought-provoking exploration of women’s hormonal lives, from the initiation of menstruation through menopause, will help readers reject the negative stereotype of the hormone-crazed woman and gain an appreciation for women’s high-functioning and potential across their lifetime. Original.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

"Although the idea that women become raving lunatics when their hormones fluctuate is firmly entrenched in American culture, a thorough examination of the evidence overwhelmingly tells us otherwise. This provocative book exposes the pervasive myths aboutwomen's hormones--which lead to false beliefs about women's competence--by illustrating how flawed, obsolete research and sexism have combined to keep women "in their place," and skillfully shows how women can reject the "hormone myth" and own their emotions in a healthy and realistic way"--

Review by Publisher Summary 4

"It's time for women to reject the "hormone myth" and own their emotions in a healthy and realistic way. This provocative book exposes pervasive myths about women's hormones and shows how flawed, obsolete research and sexism have combined to keep women "in their place." The idea that women become raving lunatics when their hormones fluctuate is firmly entrenched in American culture--images of hormone-crazed women are prominent on TV and in movies, books, and magazines--but a thorough examination of theevidence overwhelmingly tells us otherwise. This book will confront the pervasive myth that women are at the mercy of their reproductive hormones, and illustrate how the perpetuation of this stereotype harms women. Scientific evidence shows that the majority of women do not experience major mental disorders linked to their hormones. Rather, a woman's mood changes can be attributed to many of the same environmental factors responsible for mood changes in men. With a thorough exploration of women's hormonal lives, from the initiation of menstruation through menopause,The Hormone Mythwill help you reject the negative stereotype of the hormone-crazed woman and gain an appreciation for women's high functioning and potential across their lifetime"--

Review by Publisher Summary 5

'The Hormone Myth is a bracing, accurate breath of fresh air. It turns conventional wisdom about hormones on its head, and provides a far more liberating view of women's health than what we've all been taught.' 'Christiane Northrup, MD, author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom? 'Is it that time of month?' "Is your biological clock ticking?" "You're so emotional lately'are you going through menopause?"We've all heard it before. From the moody menstrual monster to the menopausal maniac, the idea that women become raving lunatics when their hormones fluctuate is firmly entrenched in American culture'anddeeply fueled by the media. But where exactly did this stereotype come from? How has it hurt women? And how can we move past it once and for all?In this breakthrough book, Robyn Stein DeLuca fearlessly exposes and debunks pervasive myths about women's hormones, and reveals how flawed, outdated research and sexism have joined forces throughout history to keep women 'in their place.' With a revolutionary exploration of women's hormonal lives­­­­­­­'from menstruation to childbirth to menopause'DeLuca shines a much-needed light on the lies that have impacted women. Now more than ever, it's time to resist the myth that women are ruled by their hormones. It's time for women to take charge of their lives. And it's time for women to own their emotions in a healthy and realistic way.

Review by Publisher Summary 6

Although the idea that women become raving lunatics when their hormones fluctuate is firmly entrenched in American culture, a thorough examination of the evidence overwhelmingly tells us otherwise. This provocative book exposes the pervasive myths about women’s hormones—which lead to false beliefs about women’s competence—by illustrating how flawed, obsolete research and sexism have combined to keep women “in their place,” and skillfully shows how women can reject the “hormone myth” and own their emotions in a healthy and realistic way.

Review by Publisher Summary 7

Although the idea that women become raving lunatics when their hormones fluctuate is firmly entrenched in American culture, a thorough examination of the evidence overwhelmingly tells us otherwise. This provocative book exposes the pervasive myths about women's hormones'which lead to false beliefs about women's competence'by illustrating how flawed, obsolete research and sexism have combined to keep women 'in their place," and skillfully shows how women can reject the 'hormone myth' and own their emotions in a healthy and realistic way.

Review by Publisher Summary 8

“The Hormone Myth is a bracing, accurate breath of fresh air. It turns conventional wisdom about hormones on its head, and provides a far more liberating view of women’s health than what we’ve all been taught.” —Christiane Northrup, MD, author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom? “Is it that time of month?” “Is your biological clock ticking?” "You're so emotional lately—are you going through menopause?"We’ve all heard it before. From the moody menstrual monster to the menopausal maniac, the idea that women become raving lunatics when their hormones fluctuate is firmly entrenched in American culture—anddeeply fueled by the media. But where exactly did this stereotype come from? How has it hurt women? And how can we move past it once and for all?In this breakthrough book, Robyn Stein DeLuca fearlessly exposes and debunks pervasive myths about women’s hormones, and reveals how flawed, outdated research and sexism have joined forces throughout history to keep women “in their place.” With a revolutionary exploration of women’s hormonal lives­­­­­­­—from menstruation to childbirth to menopause—DeLuca shines a much-needed light on the lies that have impacted women. Now more than ever, it’s time to resist the myth that women are ruled by their hormones. It’s time for women to take charge of their lives. And it’s time for women to own their emotions in a healthy and realistic way.