Do You Know that Initially All Brains are Female’s Brain?


The Female Brain is a text book written by Louann Brizendine, M.D. She is the pioneer of neuropsychiatric and the director of Women’s and Teen Girls’ Mood and Hormone Clinic. This book is the result of her research for about 20 years. Starting from her study in Yale University in Medicine, then she served Harvard Medical School.

From the title of the book, and from the knowing of the background of the author, we will consider that this book is about gender viewed from medical view point, and more proper to be a text book for the doctor. However, in this book we will find some unique subjects about female a lot. Especially, about the female brain. Moreover, Dr. Brizendine does not use technical word to explain the subject but she uses the common work and example that is taken from daily activity.

Dr. Brizendine believes that every single act of female is influenced by hormone and the combination of its appearance is influenced by brain. In the first page of book, before enter the main point of the book, she puts some hormones that have the dominant role in the life of female, when she strong and when she weak.

She also explains that initially all brains are female’s brain, with a combination of XX. Along with the fetus growth, brain develops. The chromosome of male is XY and for female it remained XX. According to Brizendine, the female behavior is uncultured. Why does a girl more verbal than a boy or why do female more sensitive is because of the influence of those hormones; estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, etc. The life cycle of these hormones define specific passages in a women's life including, puberty and menopaus.

There is one interesting example that Dr. Brizendine uses to explain her theory, she writes about her patient’s daughter, a 3,5 years old girl, the mother gave some unisex toys to her daughter, some trucks and not doll. One day, she entered her daughter’s room and found that the girl was candling the truck which covered by blanket, and said “Don’t worry little Truckie, everything is fine”.

From that example, Dr. Brizendine tells the reader that it is the brain (not others like cultural or custom culture) that dictates human behavior, and differentiate female and male. However, her science viewpoint also raises the controversial. Whereas, the doctors tend to the non-medic science (psychology), such as Sigmund Freud, and Carl Gustav Jung who believed that gender is about instinct that exist in nature. It is very contrast with what Dr. Brizendine believed in.

Brizendine's book includes seven chapters. Each chapter is dedicated to either a specific part of a woman’s life such as puberty, motherhood, and menopause or a specific dimension of a women’s emotional life such as feelings, love & trust, and sex. The book also includes three appendices on hormone therapy, postpartum depression, and sexual orientation.

Therefore, this book invites so much debates, this book is very interesting to read. A lot of unique things and new things are able to be found in this book. Dr. Brizendine does not only talk about how gender dictates brain, but also talks explicitly about the influence of the female brain toward the function of its intelligence, the develop of its emotion, career as a professional or as mother who gives birth and take cares of the children, even talks about the female sex. Reading it we will find some surprises, a lot of research findings different with what we have known or believe for all this time.

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