By Robyn Stein DeLuca, PhD
Ask any woman and they can relate dozens if not hundreds of times their demeanor and situational responses have been defined (and judged) by preconceived, stereotypical ideas about hormones. The idea that women become raving lunatics when their hormones fluctuate is firmly entrenched in American culture – and deeply 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 The Hormone Myth, DeLuca fearlessly exposes and debunks pervasive myths about women’s hormones, and reveals how flawed, outdated research and sexism have joined forces throughout history to keep women “in their place.”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’s lives, at home, in the workplace and even in politics.