Delusions of Gender: The Real Science Behind Sex Differences (Hardback)
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DescriptionThis is a vehement attack on the latest pseudo-scientific claims about the differences between the sexes - with the scientific evidence to back it up. Sex discrimination is supposedly a distant memory. Yet popular books, magazines and even scientific articles increasingly defend inequalities by citing immutable biological differences between the male and female brain. Why are there so few women in science and engineering, so few men in the laundry room? Well, they say, it's our brains. Drawing on the latest research in developmental psychology, neuroscience, and social psychology, "Delusions of Gender" rebuts these claims, showing how old myths, dressed up in new scientific finery, help perpetuate the status quo. Cordelia Fine reveals the mind's remarkable plasticity, shows the substantial influence of culture on identity, and, ultimately, exposes just how much of what we consider 'hardwired' is actually malleable. This startling, original and witty book shows the surprising extent to which boys and girls, men and women are made - and not born.
- Published: 02 September 2010
- Format: Hardback 320 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781848311633 ISBN 10: 184831163X
- Sales rank: 55,265
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Reviews for Delusions of Gender
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Great, thorough, logical writing - everyone should read this!
Fine provides excellent arguments and research examples to highlight the lack of credibility in biobunk 'essentialist' notions of gender roles. She argues that gender is socially constructed and that the human brain and mind is very malleable and sensitive to the environment surrounding it. Our emotions and mental characteristics are influenced by even the smallest litte things in our surroundings. She highlights the importance of implicit associations, for example, in how many legal forms place 'male' before 'female', and she strongly makes a case for examples like these actually affecting gender inequality. My only complaint would be that troughout the book she writes the word 'male' before 'female' every time, which is understandable since it's so deeply ingrained in our culture to say those words in that hierarchical order that places men above women, but this itself has implicit consequences, which Fine's book makes a strong case for. Well worth a read for anyone from any field of study - it will always be relevant to you. Happy reading! I might mention that she is quite funny too, which is a nice touch to an outstanding academic book. I felt empowered after reading this book; moving away from a sexist society is dependent on disseminating great research that debunks popular gender myths. 5 out of 5. by Caroline Lipinski