The Hormone Myth
How Junk Science, Gender Politics, and Lies about PMS Keep Women Down
Published by: New Harbinger Publications
Imprint: New Harbinger Publications
—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book, Robyn Stein DeLuca fearlessly exposes and debunks pervasive myths about women’s hormones, and reveals how flawed, outdated research and sexism have joined forces throughout history to keep women “in their place.”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.
“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, OB/GYN physician and author of the New York Times bestsellers Goddesses Never Age; Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom; and The Wisdom of Menopause
“This is a book for every woman who has ever been asked ‘Are you on the rag?’ after she voices an unpopular opinion or expresses an ‘unfeminine’ emotion. Read it, share it with your friends, and join the movement to bust the hormone myth once and for all.”
—Joan C. Chrisler, PhD, editor of Women’s Reproductive Health
“This eye-opening book covers female developmental milestones (e.g., menarche, pregnancy, menopause) where the ‘hormone myth’ is characterized by an excessive focus on biology over modifiable environmental factors, while ignoring empirical findings in favor of pseudoscience, sensationalism, scaremongering, and the fragilization of women. One chapter at a time, from Aristotle to Trump, the author weaves together historical, cultural, and economic developments that—intentionally or not—create and maintain this hormone myth. The author argues cogently that the eventual impact on women is a net negative: despite a few short-term social gains, these myths keep women feeling, and being perceived, as overly emotional and less suitable for competent leadership. This is a must-read for any person who wants to know what science can truly tell us about the relationship of hormones to women’s mental health, and how to help debunk entrenched societal myths that perpetuate gender inequities at home and work.”
—Jacqueline Pistorello, PhD, research faculty at Counseling Services at University of Nevada, Reno, and coauthor of Finding Life Beyond Trauma
“The Hormone Myth not only helps women recognize the cultural forces boxing them in, but provides the tools needed to be smart consumers of some of the scientific research that falsely insinuates they are ‘hormonal maniacs.’ DeLuca brings a fresh and engaging voice to the stubborn myth of women’s emotional instability.”
—Susan Pincus, MD, family physician