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Hormonal: How Hormones Drive Desire, Shape Relationships, and Make Us Wiser

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She” is one in the unbroken chain of women who were our ancestors living eons ago up through the present, and who are yet to be born and come of age, each one possessing a singular hormonal cycle. I've genuinely lost count of the number of times in my life that I have witnessed noses being lectured by farts.

Expect pieces that celebrate the wonders and joys of hormones, while also challenging the stigma and discrimination routinely faced at the intersection of hormonal experiences. Marie Haselton offers a detailed study of hormonal intelligence, exposing its powerful influence on every aspect of women's lives from puberty to menopause. In her book she shows that there are no simple answers, but lots of fascinating possibilities, when we start to think about the biological aspects of our sexual lives.A better understanding of what goes on inside us, of the connection between our bodies and minds, is an important part of that.

I picked Hormonal: A Conversation About Women's Bodies, Mental Health and Why We Need to Be Heard up in the library without realising that I'd read another book by Eleanor Morgan in 2018: Anxiety for Beginners: A Personal Investigation. At times, I did start to find the book repetitive and so skimmed some parts of it, however, I recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn more about evolutionary psychology, especially from a self-proclaimed Darwinian feminist. This book is underpinned by my own journey of becoming more knowledgeable about myself and accepting the emotional changes I feel over the course of my cycle, rather than seeing the changes as a pathology, forever scrutinising and labelling. One reason the human species will out itself is the strange phenomenon of the human primate evolving arrogance.The idea of Darwinian Feminism is brilliant, and I think Haselton should be applauded for this book! But there was a physiological process happening in my body and brain as it learned to accept this new state and its corresponding language.

I have always been shocked at the way I and many other women have been treated by the medical community. We're not allowed to make the point that even our economic system, capitalism, is based on “mine's bigger than yours Ronnie” or as it is these days, my button's bigger than yours. Since I was a small child I have delighted in the details of a natural world: veins in the sand at low tide, the tiny silver bobbies and yellow cups in patches of lichen, the hot velvet of a horse's nose, the handsome redness of a rosehip, the baby's shoulder like fuzz on a fig leaf stem.Broadly speaking, this precise, reliable emotional state I sought was, is, elusive at best, impossible at most realistic. I have always known that humans are affected by hormones and feel so strongly about the human species's repugnance over itself as an animal, both of my novels, but especially Phat's Chance, acknowledge the hormonal drives of my characters. One of the funniest things about the show is that you find often find yourself wanting to be, kiss, or at least admire Villanelle, in spite of all the throat-slitting, shooting, and watching-people's-last-breaths-with-a-child-like-smile-on-your-face stuff. The author kept mentioning how we need to "take back" our hormonal intelligence, change the story, empower ourselves, but I consistently failed to see how this was being suggested -- especially when it all fell back on more baby talk.

I had a question in my mind - how could one become better at dealing with people, using a knowledge of hormonal behaviours? The MBTI might seem to offer one of those easy answers, yet no binary test could ever capture the variability of human beings. That results in a lack of vital understanding for women, particularly as those processes are inextricably connected to our mental health; by exploring women's bodies in conjunction with our minds, Morgan urges for new thinking about our health. It doesn't (at least not to the level I would have liked to), but it does make a very good read on what happens hormonally to girls and ladies. There is a reason there are so many more women who have them in non combat situations; people who are not fighting in wars or trapped in trenches, and it's because of helplessness" In other words, what do soldiers after war have in common with women?Haselton for this fascinating book, and to Netgalley and Little, Brown and Company for an ebook advanced reading copy. When it comes to our bodies, in so many areas, our voice and our autonomy continue to be the weakest currencies. She offers no firm answers or miracle cures, and is careful to remind us that, when it comes to mental illness, no two cases are the same. Clearly if a woman's premenstrual distress is such that she feels unable to function, she should in an ideal world be seeking and receiving dedicated healthcare and support.

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