By Jeffrey Zaslow

the moment New York Times bestseller, now in paperback: a relocating tribute to woman friendships, with the inspiring tale of 11 women and the 10 girls they grew to become, from the coauthor of the million-copy bestseller The final Lecture

As kids, they shaped a distinct bond, turning out to be up within the small city of Ames, Iowa. As younger women, they moved to 8th diverse states, but they controlled to keep up a rare friendship that may hold them via collage and careers, marriage and motherhood, relationship and divorce, the demise of a kid, and the mysterious loss of life of the 11th member in their staff. shooting their notable tale, The women from Ames is a testomony to the iconic, deep bonds of ladies as they adventure life's demanding situations, and the facility of friendship to beat even the main daunting odds.

the ladies, now of their forties, have a life of thoughts in universal, a few evocative in their new release and a few that may resonate with any girl who has ever had a chum. The ladies from Ames demonstrates how shut woman relationships can form each point of women's lives-their experience of themselves, their selection of males, their desire for validation, their relationships with their moms, their goals for his or her daughters-and unearths how such friendships thrive, profitable those that have dedicated to them. With either common occasions and deeply own moments, it's a ebook that each lady will relate to and be encouraged through.

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And yet does this point argue against the cleansing hypothesis or emphasize the role of competing pressures? Strassmann agreed with Profet that the copiousness of menstruation should increase with the promiscuity of the breeding system. After conducting a detailed survey of twenty-five different primate genera, though, she found no correlation between degree of promiscuity and intensity of menstruation. indd 29 2/24/09 7:46:29 PM w h y m e n s t r uat e ? evolutionary hypotheses explaining women’s menstruation Vestigial: an artifact of modernity Signaling 1: absence of pregnancy Signaling 2: to other women Signaling 3: to relatives Signaling 4: to men (maturation) Signaling 5: to men (Lysistrata) Cleansing: combating pathogens Metabolic efficiency: lowering costs One-way street: terminal differentiation Competence test: evaluating the embryo Synchrony 1: predator overloading Synchrony 2: encouraging monogamy Synchrony 3: female-female competition Synchrony 4: social bonding Synchrony 5: social facilitation Synchrony 6: synchrony doesn’t exist baboons, and chimpanzees fit the prediction, but many other primates— especially the prosimians (such as lemurs) and New World monkeys—do not.

The cleansing hypothesis seems to imply that human beings are more heavily encumbered with sexually transmitted pathogens than are other species or perhaps more vulnerable to them. Or Homo sapiens are possibly more inclined than most to engage in sex with multiple partners. ” The more sexual partners you encounter, the greater the probability of acquiring pathogens—hence, the greater the possible need for periodically flushing them away. It wouldn’t be strictly necessary for all women to have multiple partners, simply for them to copulate with some men who did so.

But then again, tampons are a very recent development, not part of our evolutionary past, and they change the intravaginal microbial ecology, typically in troublesome ways. In pre–feminine hygiene societies, menstrual blood and its nutritive load of iron would pass safely out of the body rather than accumulate on tampons. Strassmann has studied the Dogon of Mali, among whom sexual abstinence is practiced for only a month or two after childbirth, although lactational amenorrhea (ovulation inhibited by nursing) lasts an average of twenty months.

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